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The study uses data from a 2010-2011 school-level randomized experiment of 70 Indiana public schools to examine the impact of two interim assessment programs, mCLASS in Grades K–2 and Acuity in Grades 3–8, on students’ mathematics and reading achievement. Results indicate no overall treatment...

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This is a follow-on study from Konstantopoulos et al., 2016. Results generally show that lower-achievers in grades 3-8 seem to benefit more from interim assessments (Acuity) than higher-achieving students. The magnitude of the effects were larger in math than reading; however, no effects were found...

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The randomized controlled study in Indiana found, and the WWC confirmed, that the use of Indiana’s Diagnostic Assessment Tools (mClass for K-2, Acuity for grades 3-8) did not have a statistically significant impact on general mathematics achievement or reading achievement for the full sample of...

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The study tested the effectiveness of the MAP program in thirty-two elementary schools in five Illinois districts. Half the schools were randomly assigned to implement MAP program in grade 4, and the other half were assigned to implement MAP in grade 5. The MAP program included both training,...

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The study analyzed mathematics and reading achievement outcomes from a district-level random assignment study fielded in over 500 schools within 59 school districts and seven states. The treatment was a data driven reform initiative implemented by Johns Hopkins Center for Data-Driven Reform in...

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The study examines the relationship between interim data-use practices at the school and classroom levels and student achievement. The study draws on teacher and principal survey data with more than 1,500 teachers and 150 school principals and student achievement data from over 60,000 students...

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This article reports on five experiments that were conducted to examine the effect on interim testing of prior textual material on learning of subsequent textual learning, which the authors term an interim-test effect. Participants were prompted to recall each section of an expository text before...

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A growing body of evidence has shown that social and emotional strengths in children and adults lead to school and life success. This article from the New York Times summarizes some of the key studies that support this claim, and argues that schools and teachers need to promote social and emotional...

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This policy brief describes research and policy initiatives that can make social and emotional skills a focal point in children’s education. The authors review the literature on how social and emotional skills develop, and how they are important drivers of cognitive skills, school, and life...

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This paper reviews the current literature on measuring and fostering non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills in this paper refer to personal attributes not thought to be measured by IQ or achievement tests (p.13). The term can be used interchangeably with social and emotional learning. The paper...

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings...

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High-quality schools not only ensure that all students are academically proficient in all subject matters, but also foster students’ reflection, social skills, perseverance, and positive mindsets. These latter skills and knowledge are developed through social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL “...

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From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. These labels...

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This document, from the Kauffman Early Education Exchange, provides an in-depth look at the research, practice, and policy in social and emotional learning that can best prepare young children and their families for school success. The document contains six fully commissioned papers that highlight...

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From the executive summary: “Social-emotional learning (SEL) involves how students think and feel about themselves, get along with others, and regulate their attention and behavior. SEL plays an important role in students’ school and life outcomes. Although SEL may be disrupted under conditions of...

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There is a growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, and this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show that what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career...

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Interim assessments have a strong role in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recognizes the importance of balanced assessment systems, the need for interim measures to monitor the progress of low performing schools, and the value of testing audits to improve system efficiency and...

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This collection of resources is intended to provide context for examining the development of children and youth in a holistic way. In other words, resources in this collection highlight the importance of integrating social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) when defining student success....

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The following states have adopted specific learning standards related to information, digital, and media literacy. Alaska Digital Literacy Standards Arizona Educational Technology Standard Arkansas Library Media Curriculum Framework California Model School Library Standards Connecticut Information...

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This one-page tool provides prompts to support state education agencies and their stakeholders to consider how a state's ESSA Plan can help students with disabilities by leveraging the work states have done through their SSIPs.

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The U.S. Department of Education released peer review criteria for each section of the Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan. This review criteria is designed to support states in developing a consolidated state plan for the sections that will be peer reviewed, and provide guidance for...

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With the release of the updated Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan template, the U.S. Department of Education held a webinar to provide an overview of the template and its requirements. Included are requirements and due dates for state plan submission. These slides provide a...

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The U.S. Department of Education held this webinar to share information on the peer review process for the Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plans. The slides provide information on the peer review timeline, process, and review criteria. Also included is information on how the...

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As districts implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this tool can be valuable to identify signifiers of successful NGSS adoption. This tool identifies 13 important indicators of successful NGSS adoption, broken into three broad categories: foundational strategies, essential...

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The NGSS District Implementation Indicators document provides useful measurements to gauge the success of NGSS implementation. This document will be most helpful for district leaders.

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"Internet Inquiry: Fundamental Competencies for Online Comprehension" by Drs. Tara Kingsley and Susan Tancock is an article in The Reading Teacher. The authors present four competencies for conducting research online: generating a question to guide inquiry, searching for information online,...

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Join Dr. Joan Herman, CSAI's Associate Director, and the Board on Testing and Assessment for a summit on the report, Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies. Invited speakers will discuss the report's conclusions, its...

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"21st-Century Literacies, Critical Media Pedagogies, and Language Arts" by Dr. Ernest Morrell is an article from The Reading Teacher. Dr. Morrell describes the ways in which the Internet, and the literacies required to navigate it, have changed since the early 1990's. He argues that teachers need...

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"The WWWDOT Approach to Improving Students’ Critical Evaluation of Websites" by Drs. Shenglan Zhang, Nell K. Duke, and Laura M. Jiménez is an article in The Reading Teacher. The framework encourages students to think about at least six dimensions when evaluating a website: (1) Who wrote this and...

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The Library of Congress has developed a tool for analyzing primary sources and other media. The tool has three columns for students to record observations, reflections, and questions. At the bottom on the tool, there is a box for students to write notes about next steps for further investigation....

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