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Monday, December 5, 2016

I am posting this here, because it may help some of us guide our students towards more successful school performance. Courtesy of Mind/Shift.

Three Things Top Performing Students Know That Their Peers Miss

A study by Elevate Education identified three effective practices used by top students in Australia, the U.K., South Africa and the U.S. Tactics — such as knowing how to study — may seem obvious, but the group also found that top students schedule their studying time differently. When the best students make studying schedules for themselves they first include things they like to do on their schedule and then work study time in after. This method naturally ensures that students are doing things they like to do every day in addition to studying, so they don't burn out. Learn More
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

This article reviews a new concept for measuring school performance. It is my understanding this proposal is in line with the new ESSA. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD Smart/Brief.

Education leaders gather, consider community feedback
Education leaders in Memphis are proposing a new framework for measuring school performance. The proposal would incorporate community feedback and focus on measures of academic performance, academic growth, school climate, and college and career readiness.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Can school climate help close achievement gap? - Study reveals assessment measures more than instruction. Well worth the read! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Can school climate help close achievement gap?
The Every Student Succeeds Act calls on school leaders to consider school climate -- and other nonacademic factors -- when measuring school success. Findings from a study published in the Review of Educational Research support the importance of positive school climate, concluding that it could help close the achievement gap.
National Public Radio (11/1),  The Hechinger Report (11/1) 
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Organization releases ESSA toolkits - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

The Alliance for Excellent Education has released free toolkits designed to help navigate the Every Student Succeeds Act. The toolkits address topics such as funding and includes resources such as videos, analyses and case studies.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Here is an update on the ESSA and what it might look like. It presents some interesting challenges. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How should schools measure success, quality?

States under the Every Student Succeeds Act will gauge student success via five measures. ESSA clearly defines four of the measures, but a fifth -- how to measure "student success or school quality" -- gives decision-making about which metric to use to states, and the Brookings Institution is suggesting states use chronic absenteeism.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Insight into the SAT exam, its history - Here is some great info on the SAT. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Robert Rorison, a retired history teacher and department head at a Pennsylvania high school, has been a proctor for the SAT exam for the past 53 years. In this interview, he shares how the exam has changed over the years, how he prevents cheating and how students reacted to the addition of an essay question.
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