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The U.S. Department of Education granted more than $427 million to help turn around the lowest-achieving schools in nearly every state and U.S. territory. USDOE awards School Improvement Grants (SIG) to states and territories, which then award subgrants to school districts that demonstrate the...

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Students in the 4th and 8th grade are now scoring higher in science mastery, but high school students have not been increasing. That interracial gaps are still large, though they are starting to narrow large margins.

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The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), an organization of measurement professionals, has adopted a policy statement regarding refusals to take state assessments. The NCME "strongly supports student participation in state assessment" because they allow "those concerned with the...

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The launch of the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts National Network seeks to evaluate the numerous assessments that students take, which reduce the time spent learning. This program offers $5,000-$7,000 to districts to evaluate these assessments from students' point of view to...

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The U.S. Department of Education recently released guidance for equitable services requirements and fiscal change under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This guidance document discusses specific changes to Title I, II, and VIII, and is designed to support states, districts, and schools in...

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The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) related to school accountability, data reporting, and state plans. The link above goes to the full regulations. A comprehensive summary of the rules is here, and a chart explaining ...

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The U.S. Department of Education has released the final regulations for assessments for Title I, Part A and Title I, Part B under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). (The link in the title is a fact sheet for the final regulations.)

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This guidance document from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on how federal funds under ESSA can support the President’s Testing Action Plan to reduce unnecessary, redundant, and low-quality tests and help states and districts strike the right balance between testing and...

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U.S. Department of Education awarded two, four-year Enhanced Assessment Grants to Maryland and Nebraska to develop innovative items related to science assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Both states will be working with several partner states in their work.

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. invokes supporters of public education to put aside their differences in politics and policy to help all children succeed. King seeks to move forward in increasing equity of a solid educational system that focuses on helping the most vulnerable children.

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This short blog describes how assessments can be improved in three ways: (1) more resources and time should be devoted to developing assessments, (2) tests should give enough time to show content mastery without being overly lengthy, and (3) allowing students to retake exams creates formative,...

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While mastery of the standards is increasing, there is still a dearth of state resources for teachers to use. The high pressure of designing and teaching curriculum has long fallen on teachers of the Common Core. This article highlights the growth of Common Core through the years via teacher...

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This Education Week article provides a concise guide to key school accountability provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

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This Education Week article examines possible interpretations for link between preschool attendance and high math scores on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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Achieve has created a suite of resources to support the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) initiative. The most recent additions to the EQuIP resource library are annotated student work samples that complement some of the sample units and lessons. Educators can view...

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The U.S. Department of Education is seeking educators, state and local education agency staff, researchers, and other education experts to serve as peer reviewers of ESSA state plans. The deadline for applying to serve as a peer reviewer is January 27, 2017. For more information about being a peer...

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This Education Week blog provides an update on the current status of the ESSA accountability regulations. Due to an executive order, the accountability regulations are currently on hold until at least late March. This executive order does not affect assessment regulations or Innovative Assessment...

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Margaret Heritage will be the keynote speaker at the statewide Michigan School Testing Conference and is the invited lecturer for the Frank B. Womer Lectureship in Measurement and Assessment in the School of Education. She will speak on formative assessment and the way it informs teaching and...

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This link to the Office of the Federal Register states that the following Every Student Succeeds Act regulations are currently delayed: Accountability and State Plans (ESSA Accountability and State Plans), RIN 1810-AB27; Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs (Open Licensing),...

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This Education Week blog post provides an update on the current status of ESSA regulations and the timeline for state plans. The blog includes the full text of a letter from the Secretary of Education to Chief State School Officers. The Secretary's letter encourages states to continue developing ...

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This U.S. Department of Education press release provides an update on the template for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plans. The press release includes links to a letter to chief state school officers, a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, the consolidated state plan...

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The National Academies Press recently released Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies. Chaired by Dr. Joan Herman, the Committee on Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies reviewed the research literature to determine...

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Smarter Balanced has developed a new, interactive website that allows test takers to experience test questions and items in a similar manner to how they take the actual Smarter Balanced assessments. Sample items are organized by grade level and claims for ELA and math.

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Achieve has created downloadable lists for each state's 2016-2017 assessments in ELA/literacy, mathematics, and science in grades 3-8 and high school. Additionally, Achieve has made available the sources for the lists in a downloadable Excel sheet with links to state webpages or documents.

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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 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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EdReports is an independent nonprofit that provides free web-based reviews of instructional materials. It recently released new reviews of English language arts and math instructional materials. Trained educators nationwide analzye the materials, and the published reports have supported district ...

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This report by Achieve examined all 50 states’ publicly reported student performance and compared them against college- and career-ready (CCR) indicators. The goal of this report is help to inform which states' K–12 system produces CCR graduates and what state leaders can do to improve the...

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"Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems" is a news article that synthesizes guidance from education researchers regarding when to provide feedback, the characteristics of effective feedback, and issues of equity in giving feedback to students. Readers can also view embedded video...

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"Key Takeaways: State Accountability Plans Under ESSA" provides an overview of the 13 plans submitted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the overview of all state plans, readers can download more detailed versions of each plan. 

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