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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This interactive website from the Foundation for Excellence in Education shows student proficiency levels by state using data from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The website defines terms and presents student data with easy-to-read and colorful graphics.
NCSC, the multi-state testing consortium that delivers online alternate assessments to students with significant cognitive disabilities, has announced that it will release its Assessment System as open-source software this summer. Read the press release (linked above) to find out more on features included in the NCSC Assessment System.
NGSS’ Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment) is open for public review until July 1st. The NGSS PEEC-Alignment will help developers and reviewers of instructional materials answer whether instructional materials contain or exhibit the essential features of a program aligned to the NGSS innovations. Teachers, educators, administrators, curriculum materials developers, and publishers are all encouraged to review and provide feedback on the draft by July 1st.