Understanding Proficiency is a resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks in English language arts and math. 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.
To support states as they prepare materials for the peer review process, CSAI has created this data organizer that outlines the supports states can seek from CSAI. This data organizer lays out each of the peer review critical elements and associated CSAI supports and resources. For states seeking support around how to demonstrate compliance with each of the peer review critical elements, this overview provides a look at the different supports that can be drawn upon.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), States have an opportunity to reflect on their overall vision and goals for education and determine how to best support that vision to achieve their goals. Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, States are carefully considering different elements of their education systems, including standards, assessments, and accountability systems, as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance college and career readiness for all students. States will articulate their visions and goals in the consolidated State plans or individual program State plans they provide on two possible submission dates – April 3, 2017 or September 18, 2017. An SEA may submit a consolidated State plan using either the revised template or an alternative template that addresses each requirement identified in the revised template and developed with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). If an SEA does not use the revised template, it must submit a table of contents or guide that indicates where the SEA addressed each requirement in its consolidated State plan. For any program not included in a consolidated State plan, the SEA must submit an individual program State plan that meets the statutory and regulatory requirements of each respective program. A list of States that have submitted plans can be found here. This Spotlight includes links to each State's draft State plan (if available), information and key resources regarding the development and submission of State plans, and information on how States have involved stakeholders during the development process. Information is current as of May 31st, 2017.
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The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has created a series of short briefs that explore the "fifth indicators" that can be included in state plans for accountability purposes (e.g., career and technical education, social and emotional learning). Each brief highlights what states have proposed in their ESSA plans so far and offers key considerations for state boards that are refining plans for a September submission.
EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education, releases three new ELA textbook reviews. The evidence-based reviews are conducted by expert educators and equips teachers with textbooks reviews that aid educators in adoption and instructional decisions.
This article from Ed Week examines how states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are progressing on the development of assessments that align with those standards. The NGSS has changed science instruction, which means that science assessments need to change as well, but putting in place a new assessment is no easy task with the requirements and constraints faced by state education agencies.