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March 20, 2019

A Consumer’s Guide to Testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What Can the Common Core and Other ESSA Assessments Tell Us?

A “consumer’s guide” from Professor Madhabi Chatterji explains how best to apply information from the adopted tests with a mind to their design and with close attention to their purposes, technical merits and limitations. The guide draws on best practice guidelines in the 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, combined with published recommendations of selected professional associations, educational researchers, educational leaders and practitioners to elaborate on the problem, and to provide guidelines, examples and recommendations.

March 19, 2019

Next batch of NM education changes are on the way

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach for the evaluations were also included in survey rollout to the public earlier this month. New Mexico plans to submit the proposed amendments received during the feedback period in its ESSA state plan to the U.S. Department of Education towards the end of April.

January 25, 2019

Secretary DeVos: "Supplement, not Supplant" Proposal Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance explains how ESSA changed the longstanding requirement in order to reduce administrative burden, simplify the compliance demonstration and promote effective spending. There will be a public comment period of 30 days to allow educators, parents and others to provide feedback on the draft non-regulatory guidance document.

January 23, 2019

Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated

48 states and the District of Columbia have committed to measuring and reporting individual student growth under ESSA. This means everyone in those states – from parents to policymakers – will have more information than before on student performance and school quality. This brief explores the different ways states have committed to measuring student growth and what that means for education stakeholders and their understanding of student success.

January 23, 2019

How Are States Measuring College-and-Career Readiness? It's a Hodge-Podge

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states had to choose at least one measure of school quality or student success—something beyond test scores. According to an analysis by Education Strategy Group in collaboration with Advance CTE and Achieve, a total of 44 states are looking at college and/or career readiness somewhere in their accountability systems, whether for ESSA or under state systems for rating schools. 36 states are measuring college readiness through coursework for federal accountability, and 12 states measure college readiness through work-based learning or leadership experience. In another analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education, 21 states consider whether students have earned industry credentials.

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