This Education Week article reports on the recent results of a English-proficiency test, ACCESS 2.0, and how a planned scoring change impacted the number of students scoring proficient. The article provides specific examples of this impact in Nevada, Maine, and Tennessee.
Achieve released a new brief examining ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The brief contains analysis of submitted ESSA plans to show the number of different ways states have proposed incorporating STEM initiatives, STEM-related programming, professional development uses for federal funding, and plans to include science in their redesigned accountability systems. The brief also presents ways in which states currently include science in their statewide assessment systems and graduation requirements.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has created an interactive page to explore the policies that 16 states have adopted to help students become college and career ready. The four topics are high school to college and careers, professional learning, educator effectiveness, and instructional materials.
Achieve recently released PEEC, the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria, which helps educators evaluate NGSS instructional materials. The PEEC also helps curriculum developers to create science materials that reflect NGSS practices.
This paper from the Aspen Institute is a resource for state and district leaders looking to improve instructional outcomes for students by improving teacher development in their schools. The paper reviews research, provides examples of innovative state practices, and offers recommendations.