A week after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order ending the statewide use of reading and math proficiency exams known as PARCC, the Public Education Department said schools will be administering new tests this spring. The new exams, called the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment of Mathematics and English Language Arts are reported to shorten students’ test time in each subject area by 1 to 1.5 hours, or about 30 percent. The spring tests will be a sort of stopgap to fulfill federal requirements until the state develops a wholly new system of evaluating students.
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is seeking Professional Learning Partnerships to advance professional learning services supporting implementation of high-quality instructional materials. Of interest is supporting service development and refinement in middle and high schools serving student populations that are at least 50 percent Black, Latino, emerging multilingual or English Learner (EL)-designated, and/or low-income, in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina. This initiative is a part of the larger portfolio of investments that comprise the K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Tools portfolio.
This Policy Analysis highlights research on school discipline, past state policy trends, current policy examples and considerations for policymakers examining their state’s policies. It also looks at how states address school discipline data in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
ESSA requires states to identify schools that are in need of improvement and those where vulnerable groups of students are struggling. Under accountability regulations written by the Obama administration, states were supposed to publish this data by Dec. 31, 2018 but those regulations were scrapped by Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration in early 2017. The Trump administration's November 2018 ESSA "parent guide" has a section on report cards, but makes no mention of a date for them to be released.
According to a December message from federal officials to the Georgia Department of Education, state officials who are thinking about applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment pilot program “don’t have to pick just one exam for your test drive—but you do have to end up with a single test in the end.” The news that more than one test is allowed in the initial phases of the pilot “is a potential game-changer for states who want in on the pilot but haven’t settled on an assessment for every district to use.” However, it is unclear if this approach adheres to existing ESSA regulations on piloting a single innovative assessment system.