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.
An assessment system must provide decision-makers at all levels with sound information on which they can base their decisions in support of learning for all students. A comprehensive system includes different types of assessment tools and processes, used for different purposes at different levels of the system: national, state, district, school, and classroom. This paper, written by Deb Sigman, Director of the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation, and Marie Mancuso, Co-Director of the West Comprehensive Center, conceptualizes what a comprehensive system that is balanced and aligned might comprise. It also identifies what actions states, districts, and schools can take to create a comprehensive assessment system. Organized into four sections, the paper: Describes the federal response to recent testing concerns Details the purposes and characteristics of a comprehensive assessment system Outlines concrete steps that policymakers and stakeholders might consider in developing a comprehensive assessment system Provides examples from three state education agencies engaged in creating a comprehensive assessment system The paper also provides a list of online assessment resources.
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 April 19th, 2017.
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"Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems" is a news article that synthesizes guidance from education researchers regarding when to provide feedback, the characteristics of effective feedback, and issues of equity in giving feedback to students. Readers can also view embedded video clips that feature two of the researchers.
This report by Achieve examined all 50 states’ publicly reported student performance and compared them against college- and career-ready (CCR) indicators. The goal of this report is help to inform which states' K–12 system produces CCR graduates and what state leaders can do to improve the readiness of all students. Readers can select a specific state report, or read the cross-state and methodology reports.
EdReports is an independent nonprofit that provides free web-based reviews of instructional materials. It recently released new reviews of English language arts and math instructional materials. Trained educators nationwide analzye the materials, and the published reports have supported district instructional decisions across the nation.