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June 16, 2017

NASBE Policy Update Series on ESSA's Fifth Indicator

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.

June 6, 2017

EdReports Releases New ELA Reviews

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. 

May 30, 2017

Next-Generation Science Tests

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.