Educational achievement is a pressing issue today for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. National and state assessment results show that AI/AN youth underperform compared to their peers in other groups. Across the board, AI/AN students graduate from high school at a lower rate and drop out of school at a higher rate. The animation and resources in this section discuss in detail the AI/AN achievement gap.
The Framework is a compilation of ideas and lessons learned from a variety of sources, most recently the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation plans. The Framework provides a general model for implementing new or revised content standards. The Framework is labeled as version 1.0, recognizing that it may evolve and be updated based on user feedback.
The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with high-quality, challenging texts so that they will achieve key goals of College and Career Ready Standards by being able to read, comprehend, and evaluate increasingly complex text independently. This Spotlight centers on the CSAI produced resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading. It also includes examples, multi-media tools, and further reading on the subject of close reading.
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The ELPA21 Team has released an updated information document for families of ELLs that aims to provide information about the ELPA21 assessment system, including how it differs from other assessments and rationales for its use.
Education Week has published test scores from the 2014-2015 state-mandated math and ELA tests, which is the first year that state summative tests reflected the new standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards). Important note: please read the "caution when interpreting these results" section when comparing test scores between 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
Education Commission of the States has released a list of states' summative assessments for the current school year. The list includes summative assessments in math, ELA, science, social studies, and other college and career readiness exams. Key takeaways show that 7 states and Washington, D.C. plan to use the full PARCC assessments and 15 states will use Smarter Balanced assessments.