This collection is comprised of released guidance letters and communications from the U.S. Department of Education, providing further information on policy and initiative implementation. This will be updated as the letters are published by the Department.
Understanding Proficiency is a new resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks. 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.
Every educator is involved in some form of assessment, whether the assessments used are statewide standardized assessments or teacher-created classroom assessments. The information gathered from assessments can inform educators about student performance and about instructional practice. This collection focuses on resources to support educators in understanding the purposes of assessment and how to interpret and use assessment data to inform future actions.
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The 2015 Nation's Report Card is now available. The report card shows math and English language arts test results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for grades 4, 8, and 12. This year's NAEP results reveal that 12th grade math scores declined over the last two years. For more on the 2015 NAEP results, also see this Ed Week article.
USED Seeks Stakeholder Feedback Regarding ESSA Guidance
On April 25, 2016, Secretary King and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released an email calling for feedback regarding non-regulatory guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Stakeholders are encouraged to send input on areas and requirements of ESSA that ought to have USED non-regulatory guidance. Feedback must be emailed to ESSA.email@example.com by May 25, 2016.
For more information, please see the email's content here.
The negotiated rulemaking committee has come to an agreement on assessment regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These rules will be official once they are published in the Federal Register. For an ESSA Cheat Sheet on testing regulations, go here.