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.
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.
This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and other organizations, describes four main areas in which higher education leaders can partner with their K-12 colleagues to support students' success in college and careers.
"Key Takeaways: State Accountability Plans Under ESSA" provides an overview of the 13 plans submitted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the overview of all state plans, readers can download more detailed versions of each plan.
"Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems" is a news article that synthesizes guidance from education researchers regarding when to provide feedback, the characteristics of effective feedback, and issues of equity in giving feedback to students. Readers can also view embedded video clips that feature two of the researchers.