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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Here is a great idea...rethinking how we measure student achievement. Well worth the read. Courtesy of National Public Radio

Reconsider proficiency-rate metric in ESSA rules, letter says

In a public letter, associate professor Morgan Polikoff and other researchers and education leaders are advocating for the US Department of Education to abandon proficiency rates as a metric for measuring school accountability in the final rules for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Polikoff proposes using average-scale scores instead.
National Public Radio (7/18)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This article addresses some of the implications involved in the implementation of ESSA. Courtesy of SmartBrief.

Should performance assessments replace standardized tests?

Many experts are advocating for US school districts to replace standardized tests with presentations, projects and portfolios -- particularly for struggling students. The experts say this approach more accurately reflects what students have learned, but critics worry that replacing exams could weaken education standards.
The Hechinger Report (7/27) 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Change is often driven by data. However, few schools develop a way for educators to analyze it. This article looks at one school's successful attempt. Enjoy. ASCD SmartBrief.

Why educators need time to review student data

Education officials at an Iowa middle school credit a rise in reading and math scores, in part, to a strategy of collecting student data and giving educators time to review it. The initiative involves an early-release day for students one day a week. Interdisciplinary teams then use the time to discuss data and instruction. District Administration magazine online (7/22)Bookmark and Share

Here we go again! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

Senate strikes down opt-out measure

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate struck down an amendment to a bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind that would have allowed parents to opt out of standardized tests without potential consequences. The move differs from a version of the legislation in the House that would not factor opt-outs into participation rates. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/14)Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 27, 2015

With the new move to competancy-based learning, grading is taking on a new look. This article explores the change in depth. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

5 elements of competency-based learning

Some school districts are shifting from a traditional course model to competency-based learning systems. Such systems often include five key elements such as course advancement upon mastery rather than upon earning a specific grade and continual assessment of student progress. (7/9)Bookmark and Share