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.
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.