Understanding Proficiency is a new resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks. The site features actual scored student responses to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, with annotations from practicing educators and illustrations of the full range of performance levels for each task. Videos and professional development tools are also featured to support teachers in using these resources to improve instructional practice. The purpose of Understanding Proficiency is to leverage the Smarter Balanced performance tasks to support professional development that can help operationalize college- and career-ready standards to inform and enhance instruction for all students.
As a result of technical assistance requests from various stakeholders, CSAI has conducted comprehensive scans or reviews of states’ efforts surrounding teacher evaluation, standards, assessment, and accountability systems. In this section, findings and data are presented in two formats: Updates, which provide an overview of the scan and highlight important findings, and Reports, which provide more in-depth information and comprehensive data.
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. To assist states in the implementation of ESSA, CSAI has created three documents, highlighting key ESSA requirements related to standards, assessment, and accountability, specifically those requirements for which CSAI can provide support to states. An ESSA implementation timeline is also included in each document.
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This article highlights how one school in Albuquerque has built an education model that is closing achievement gaps for its Native American students. The article features CSAI’s animation on the American Indian/Alaska Native Achievement Gap.
In this PBS Newshour report correspondent John Tulenko discusses the new science standards. Educators share their views and their classrooms, illustrating how the new science standards challenge traditional teaching and learning.
This "view from the field" post is part of Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. This post provides examples and links to resources to help states with an engagement strategy that involves all stakeholders in creating a common vision of educational opportunity and accountability.