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EdReports.org, a non-profit organization that reviews instructional textbooks with analysis of their alignment with standards, recently release 12 new grade/course-level math reports. 

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The Every Student Succeeds Act specifies that states create report cards that are easy for parents and the public to access and understand. This tool provides a 12-month, step-by-step timeline and guide outlining a process for states to develop a next-generation report card. This guide was co-...

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This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and other organizations, describes four main areas in which higher education leaders can partner with their K-12 colleagues to support students' success in college and careers.

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This article from Ed Week examines how states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are progressing on the development of assessments that align with those standards. The NGSS has changed science instruction, which means that science assessments need to change as well, but...

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EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education, releases three new ELA textbook reviews. The evidence-based reviews are conducted by expert educators and equips teachers with textbooks reviews that aid educators in adoption and instructional decisions. 

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The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has created a series of short briefs that explore the "fifth indicators" that can be included in state plans for accountability purposes (e.g., career and technical education, social and emotional learning). Each brief highlights what...

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This paper from the Aspen Institute is a resource for state and district leaders looking to improve instructional outcomes for students by improving teacher development in their schools. The paper reviews research, provides examples of innovative state practices, and offers recommendations.

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Achieve recently released PEEC, the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria, which helps educators evaluate NGSS instructional materials. The PEEC also helps curriculum developers to create science materials that reflect NGSS practices.

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The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has created an interactive page to explore the policies that 16 states have adopted to help students become college and career ready. The four topics are high school to college and careers, professional learning, educator effectiveness, and instructional...

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Achieve released a new brief examining ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The brief contains analysis of submitted ESSA plans to show the number of different ways states have proposed incorporating STEM...

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This Education Week article reports on the recent results of a English-proficiency test, ACCESS 2.0, and how a planned scoring change impacted the number of students scoring proficient. The article provides specific examples of this impact in Nevada, Maine, and Tennessee.

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Achieve has released a new set of reports that evaluate states on their transparency in reporting on eight different indicators of college and career readiness. Achieve's staff rated each state on the eight indicators to produce an overall score on transparency.

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Education First has published slick deck resource to help policymakers, district and school leaders, and other stakeholders learn how states are using ESSA to support STEM education.

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Videos, presentations, and handouts from the CCSSO 2017 National Conference on Student Assessment are available online. To view presentations, browse by topic strand, program, or day; all sessions with a folder icon next to the session title have meeting materials attached. 

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The U.S. Department of Education has approved Connecticut and Louisiana's ESSA state plans. This press release highlights unique aspects of each state's respective plan. 

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The U.S. Department of Education has approved the consolidated state plans for Maine and Vermont. This press release includes examples of unique features that the two states highlighted in their plans. 

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This news story reports on Mukayuhsak Weekuw ("the children's house") school in Mashpee Massachusetts. The school offers a language immersion curriculum for pre-K and kindergarten students as part of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project.

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Education Week publishes a regularly-updated webpage on consolidated state ESSA plans. Particularly helpful is the map which shows the status ot each state's plan: whether its been approved, if feedback has been received, or if a plan has been submitted.

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This brief identifies sections in state plans that focus on English Learner accountability and provides a framework for community members to use determine if state plans meet EL accountability requirements.

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In response to state ESSA plans, FutureEd at Georgetown University released a report on chronic student absenteeism and how schools can effectively address the problem. The report includes a table of states that propose using chronic student absenteeism as a measure  of school quality or student...

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National polls administered by Education Next and PDK found that academic standards and testing are supported across the nation. Graphs and summaries of the findings are included.

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This brief press release summarizes a panel discussion hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers on how four state education chiefs are leading under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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This brief policy report from the Education Commission of the States examines statewide longitudinal data systems, including benefits and obstacles of connecting education data, and provides case studies on three states (CT, RI, WI).

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Education Week conducted a preliminary review of all submitted and approved state ESSA plans and found wide variation on a range of key requirements under ESSA. This brief article summarizes state plans related to goals, indicators, school ratings, school improvement, teacher quality, and opt-out.

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This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that all consolidated state plans from 34 states and Puerto Rico were found to be complete and ready for peer review. 

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As part of the ongoing Administration-wide effort to reduce the regulatory burden on Americans, today the Department of Education announced it will withdraw nearly 600 out-of-date pieces of subregulatory guidance on its books. Each item has been either superseded by current law or is no longer in...

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The U.S. Department of Education recently announced sixteen winners of the first Education Innovation and Research program, which replaced the Investing in Innovation (i3) grants. 

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This map provides updates on how states are implementing the new federal education law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It also shares relevant news coverage on how states have engaged parents, educators and stakeholders in the drafting process.

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The Education Commission of the States released a brief that provides information on categories, types, and purposes of assessment. The purpose of this brief is to support state leaders' understanding of assessment.

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Achieve's online tracker of state accountability systems is based on states' ESSA plans. The tracker summarizes states' long term goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the accountability indicators and weighting. It is limited to the information included in state ESSA plans...

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