This monograph explores the ways in which large-scale school reform efforts play out in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and schools, starting from a historical and cultural perspective, and focusing on the translation of research into concrete steps leading to American Indian/Alaska Native student academic success and personal well-being.
CSAI held its annual conference on December 10–11, 2015 at WestEd's San Francisco office. During this one-and-a-half day conference, CSAI staff and attendees discussed states' needs regarding instruction, assessment, accountability, and communication following the 2014–15 assessments. Sessions focused on providing support for regional and content centers, and the states and regions they support, in the midst of policy and system changes. To access session presentations, please click on the session title and download each PDF. Links to handouts can be found at the bottom of this page.
To assist states as they implement new science standards, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC), in collaboration with WestEd, has documented a range of options, accompanying rationales, and item cluster prototypes to guide the development of summative assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These documents and prototypes address the major issues facing state education agencies and other entities that are implementing new science standards by documenting the processes needed to guide the development of assessments for the NGSS.
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USED has released new guidance on how to help states and districts pare down the number of test students take. The USED's letter to Chief State School Officers can be found here. Also, USED's Fact Sheet: Testing Action Plan is a helpful resource for states in ensuring tests are of high quality and worth taking.
A key provision of the new Every Student Succeeds Act involves a change in accountability for English learner performance. More information available here.