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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New America created an interactive map of college and career ready policies of the 50 states. The map provides a current landscape of higher education policies, and clicking a state shows its particular alignment between college expectations and high school standards for college and career readiness.
Common Core Prevails
Five years after states initiated the creation of the Common Core State Standards and voluntarily adopted them, efforts to repeal the standards have failed. Zero states passed a full-scale repeal. These data come from analysis of legislative sessions that ended in 2015 by the Collaborative for Student Success. Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired admirals, generals, and senior military leaders, has created an easy-to-read infographic based on these data.
The video from Smarter Balanced provides parents, guardians, and students an overview of the Individual Student Report for the summative assessments and explains how student achievement is reported. Additional resources to support student success are mentioned in the video (and found on the website where this video is located).