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.

January 23, 2019

NCEE Seeks to Evaluate ESSA Pilots

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) is looking for proposals from vendors to complete an evaluation for two programs authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Authority (IADA) and the Flexibility for Equitable Per-Pupil Funding. The evaluations will be focusing on describing implementations in pilot sites, challenges faced and approaches to mitigating challenges. This request for information is to conduct market research on whether there are sufficient interest capabilities from vendors to conduct these evaluations. Responses to the RFI were due on January 18.

January 17, 2019

The What Works Clearinghouse: Looking Back on 2018

Established in 2002, The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and led by several firms with expertise in education, research methodology, and dissemination of education research. In 2018, the WWC offered online group design training users to become a WWC-certified reviewer and developed tutorials providing information about the USED's evidence definitions used by grant programs. A web-based study review guide tool was also created for authors. Over 300 studies were added to its Reviews of Individual Studies database, and research relevant to charter schools were highlighted.

January 17, 2019

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) 2018 Review

ERIC is a free, online database of education research. Since 1966, ERIC has added more than 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and other materials with about 1 million records for peer-reviewed work and 400,000 records have free full text available on the database. In 2018, ERIC added over 10,000 new content in full-text journals, grey-literature sources (works not typically indexed by commercial databases) and publicly available research with supporting information for each article. These new content include publications from nonprofits, advocacy organizations and government organizations. Research content from over 5,000 previously embargoed articles were also made available.

January 17, 2019

From A Nation At Risk To A Nation At Hope

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development produced this report with input from educational leaders, engaged parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, military leaders, researchers and youth organizations, with the intent to spread the message that social and emotional learning plays an important part in helping a child succeed both academically and in life. An analysis of more than 200 studies of programs that teach students social and emotional skills found that these efforts significantly improved student behavior, feelings about school, and most importantly achievement, and made schools safer. The evidence also indicates that these efforts can be undertaken by schools at a reasonable cost relative to the benefits.