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This report examines the availability and quality of predictive validity data for a selection of benchmark assessments identified by state and district personnel as in use within Mid-Atlantic Region jurisdictions. The report finds that evidence is generally lacking of their predictive validity with...

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In this article, James Popham helps to differentiate between the overwhelming data from achievement tests and data that will lead to improved instruction and learning.

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This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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In response to the widespread adoption of the Common Core state standards, this report (and its executive summary) explores the alignment between these new standards and five sets of existing standards considered exemplary and which focus on the issue of college-readiness. The analyses used for...

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This examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness. The method required postsecondary instructors from a wide range of postsecondary courses and institutions to rate each CCSS standard...

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This report and accompanying webinar explore the costs of assessment systems currently used in different states and the potential financial savings involved in using collaborative assessments such as those being developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia.

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To meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards, this issue brief describes key areas that will require active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. The areas include: defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-...

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The purpose of this tool is to assist states in gauging the strength of their Common Core State Standards implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them. A high scoring state according to the rubric and tool, has three essential attributes: a system design reflecting accountability for...

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The authors admit that there is a growing consensus that evidence of teachers’ contributions to student learning should be a component of teacher evaluation systems, along with evidence of the quality of teachers’ practice. However, they argue that current research suggests that Value-Added Model...

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Free, ready-to-use classroom resources that align to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core.

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This 4-pager reviews actions district administrators should consider taking now to prepare their schools for CCSS implementation.This September 2011 “Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards” reviews actions district administrators should consider taking now to prepare their schools for CCSS...

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Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Adoption and Implementation Workbook for all states. The tool contains guidance, exercises, and templates for teams to use as they work through the critical steps for adoption and...

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development involved several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups and experts, including a review by the National Research Council, confirming their alignment to the Research Council’s 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:...

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This brief is intended as an overview for policy leaders who need a concise summary of why and how the NGSS were developed, important ways in which they differ from current state standards, and considerations as they determine whether the NGSS will be adopted in their respective states.

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This is a series of information briefs by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative. The 3 briefs cover what teachers, parents, and district administrators need to know about the Common Core State Standards.

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Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With...

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Based on a broad analysis of existing studies, this briefing paper covers what formative assessment is, the purposes of formative assessment, why teachers and others should use formative assessment, research findings about formative assessment, how formative assessment fits into curriculum and...

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A "Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" is an introductory 7-part module intended to assist teachers, administrators, and leaders of kindergarten through high school in building an understanding of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The materials include...

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This article provides the author’s perspective and recommendations on how to assure that the Common Core State Standards become a long-term support to improved teaching and learning rather than falling by the wayside as have so many previous education reform movements.

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The International Reading Association (IRA) created this document to address specific literacy issues related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The paper focuses on issues that have proven to be especially confusing or challenging to implement. This implementation...

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The authors of this 5-page article in Educational Leadership magazine describe and support their contention that ready-made benchmark tests cannot substitute for day-to-day formative assessment conducted by assessment-literate teachers.

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This is a RAND website that features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on the important and often controversial issue of test scores used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.

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In January 2011, the New York State Board of Regents adopted the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which include the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a small amount of additional standards uniquely added by New York State. The New York Common Core Toolkit provides a...

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ASSETS is a 35-state consortium, building on the work of the WIDA Consortium, to create the next generation of English Language Proficiency tests. The Consortium's work is supported through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) with plans for full operationalization of the new assessment system...

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This report describes states’ early experiences in applying for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB waivers, and their plans for implementing the new systems outlined in their applications.  Findings from the 38 survey states...

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This Research Brief summarizes a study conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research examining Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives criteria. It provides guidance to WIDA consortium states on setting AMAOs, focusing on AMAO 1 and 2. This research draws much of its direction from...

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Students far too often say they understand something that they don’t, and teachers far too often accept their assurances as fact rather than fiction. In this brief article, Grant Wiggins draws from both researchers and his own classroom experiences to help teachers know if their students really...

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The California Common Core State Standards Mathematics are intended to build on California’s standards-based educational system in which curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessment, and accountability are aligned to support student attainment of the standards. California additions to...

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The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy are intended to build on the rigor of the state’s previous English language arts standards, incorporating current research and input from other educational sources—including state departments of education, scholars, professional organizations, teachers and other...

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Some states have an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) allows up to two percent of students to be deemed proficient with this assessment option. Students who participate in an AA-MAS must have an individualized...

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