Achieve's new brief explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany the Next Generation Science Standards' three-dimensional standards. The brief describes some key challenges associated with developing assessments for these new standards and recommendations for states to consider.
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).
Ready Mathematics by Curriculum Associates is currently EdReports.org's highest-rated K–8 program for mathematics. Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, reviewed the program and found that Ready Mathematics met expectations for all evaluation criteria across all grade levels. For more information on EdReports ratings, please visit its website.
U.S. Department of Education has a new interactive webpage that shares data on English Learner students (ELs). The site answers three main questions - Who are ELs? Where are ELs? And what languages do ELs speak? - by using colorful maps, bar graphs, and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America's diverse ELs population in a "data story" format based on data from the Common Core of Data. For the Department's press release of the new webpage, click here.
Education Commission of the States (ECS) created accessible tables that compare how the 50 states approach school accountability in current policy or in their ESSA plans. Individual state profiles that show a state's current accountability plan and its ESSA accountability plan are also available (here).