CCSSO has released a revised definition of formative assessment. The revised definition includes an overview of the attributes of effective formative assessment and emphasizes new areas emerging from current research, theory, and practice (e.g., disciplinary practices).
National Support for Standards and Assessments, According to Recent Polls
Achieve has released a new set of reports that evaluate states on their transparency in reporting on eight different indicators of college and career readiness. Achieve's staff rated each state on the eight indicators to produce an overall score on transparency.
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.