January 26, 2017

U.S. Department of Education Seeking Peer Reviewers for State Plans

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking educators, state and local education agency staff, researchers, and other education experts to serve as peer reviewers of ESSA state plans. The deadline for applying to serve as a peer reviewer is January 27, 2017. For more information about being a peer reviewer and the application process, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website

January 13, 2017

Examining Link Between Preschool and PISA Scores

This Education Week article examines possible interpretations for link between preschool attendance and high math scores on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

January 9, 2017

Quick Guide to Accountability Provisions in ESSA

This Education Week article provides a concise guide to key school accountability provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

December 14, 2016

Transforming Assessment into Great Learning Experiences

This short blog describes how assessments can be improved in three ways: (1) more resources and time should be devoted to developing assessments, (2) tests should give enough time to show content mastery without being overly lengthy, and (3) allowing students to retake exams creates formative, rather than summative, assessments.

December 12, 2016

USED awarded two Enhanced Assessment Grants to two states

U.S. Department of Education awarded two, four-year Enhanced Assessment Grants to Maryland and Nebraska to develop innovative items related to science assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Both states will be working with several partner states in their work.