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American Institutes for Research (AIR) has reviewed state plans submitted in Fall 2017 and summarized key elements in concise, individual state profiles. So far, 35 state profiles and a summary report are available.

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Education Commission of the States (ECS) created accessible tables that compare how the 50 states approach school accountability in current policy or in their ESSA plans. Individual state profiles that show a state's current accountability plan and its ESSA accountability plan are also available (...

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U.S. Department of Education has a new interactive webpage that shares data on English Learner students (ELs). The site answers three main questions - Who are ELs? Where are ELs? And what languages do ELs speak? - by using colorful maps, bar graphs, and charts to provide a clearer understanding of...

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Ready Mathematics by Curriculum Associates is currently EdReports.org's highest-rated K–8 program for mathematics. Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, reviewed the program and found that Ready Mathematics met...

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CCSSO has released a revised definition of formative assessment. The revised definition includes an overview of the attributes of effective formative assessment and emphasizes new areas emerging from current research, theory, and practice (e.g., disciplinary practices).

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Achieve's new brief explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany the Next Generation Science Standards' three-dimensional standards. The brief describes some key challenges associated with developing assessments for these new...

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that TNReady will now produce faster test results, provide teachers with more resources to prepare their students for the test and offer schools more affordable technology devices.

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YouTube plans to invest in content from independent creators, like Crash Course and TED-Ed, as well as traditional news sources and educational organizations to broaden its content offering.

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Why is this literacy research not more widely known? Why is the fact that reading skills need to be taught, and that there is a well-documented way to do it, not something highlighted in many teacher-preparation programs (or parenting books, for that matter)?

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Achieve's series is designed to provide 1) information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; 2) analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as they make their own decisions regarding science assessment...

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ExcelinEd's new analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals that too many students in every state do not have the chance to take fundamental courses needed to prepare them for college and career. Nationally, millions of students lack access to key courses that would prepare them...

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The new report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the research on English Learners' learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. The report considers the complex...

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has not only fulfilled but surpassed President Trump's directive to invest $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including computer science, education. In total, the Department obligated $279 million...

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REL Midwest will host a 30-minute documentary screening at Michigan State University on evidence-based practices to support Latino students on their pathway to a postsecondary education. Researchers will discuss instructional practices teachers can use to support Latino students in high school and...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a resource guide to understanding state and local report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time ever, states will be required to report funding from federal, state and local sources, and how much money is spent...

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36 states had governor’s races on November 6, and seven cast ballots for state schools chief on issues like funding, school choice, school safety and ESSA implementation. Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming elected Republican incumbents for Superintendents and Republican Governors in...

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10 winning teams of "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge" were announced on November 6. Over 160 proposals were received from educators, students, policymakers, industry leaders, technology developers, and the public with their bold ideas to reimagine what the higher education...

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Complex and persistent achievement gaps have negatively affected states for decades, with low-income and minority student groups often trailing their higher-income and white and Asian peers in mathematics and reading skills. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) new case study report,...

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Collaboration between K–12 public school districts and higher education, as well as between education institutions, workforce groups, and community organizations, has the potential to improve college and labor market outcomes for individual students and for local communities. However, improvement...

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Both ESSA and Perkins V are intended to support the development and maintenance of programs that ensure students and workers acquire the broad range of skills needed to engage successfully in college and careers. However, these laws have traditionally been addressed in isolation. This article...

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Assessment is useful for informing ongoing teaching and learning when it provides a prospective view of learning in order to answer the question, “What is next for this student?” This insight excerpted from "Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning, Achievement, and Academic Self‑Regulation...

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States have a responsibility and opportunity to create systems that meaningfully address underperforming schools in order to provide all students with a strong, equitable education. This project is an independent peer review analysis that looks across 17 states to see how states are providing...

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The California NGSS K–8 Early Implementation Initiative supports eight school districts and two charter management organizations in California in building capacity to implement the NGSS in grades K–8 and make science a core subject. This evaluation report intended for school, state, and district...

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To what extent, and in what way, should school leaders, civil rights advocates, and policymakers address family culture? Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution identified the “Success Sequence” as a way out of intergenerational poverty, where only 2% of U.S. adults who...

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Students rarely receive relevant assignments that allow room for student choice, potentially jeopardizing their engagement, according to a new report. The report, published by The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group, analyzed over 6,800 middle school assignments in English/language arts,...

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The U.S. Department of Education Experimental Sites initiative awards postsecondary-level grants from the Pell program to low-income high school students in dual enrollment programs leading to a credential. In the Experimental Site institutions, incoming dually enrolled students may be eligible to...

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States had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside test scores in gauging school performance. At least five states decided to use the arts—either access to classes or some other indicator—to fulfill this requirement. 

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For decades, the federal Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL) program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been used as a proxy to identify economically disadvantaged students. Participation in that program has been limited to students from low-income families, defined as those earning below...

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Jointly developed by the Assessment Work Group and researchers from the RAND Corporation's Assessment Finder project, this report provides school and district leaders and implementation teams with guidance on how to choose and use social and emotional learning (SEL) competency assessments. It also...

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This report presents the Federal government’s five-year strategic plan for STEM education, based on a vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. The...

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