Assessments Tag

Evaluate Schools Through More Than Just Test Scores Under ESSA?

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans “released a new study that explores how school ratings would change if states evaluated school performance differently.” Sara Slaughter reports for News from Tulane that, as the “national debate on how states should measure school performance under” ESSA...

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Tennessee’s “Assessment Woes” a Potential Test for DeVos?

Alyson Klein also reports for Education Week that state lawmakers’ recent decision to give districts permission to “essentially toss this year’s assessment scores” because of major technical glitches could provide an “early gauge” of how flexible U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos intends to be...

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Achieve Releases Science Assessment Guidance

Dian Schaffhauser reports that, as states sort out their science standards “all of them are expected to adhere to ‘high-quality’ summative science assessments that meet federal requirements” as defined under Title 1 Part A of ESSA. Achieve “recently released criteria that can be used by...

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Feds Talk Portfolio Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Christina Samuels reports for Education Week that the U.S. Department of Education “has started informing a small group of states that they will have to make changes to the way they test students with severe cognitive disabilities” due to “accountability changes” under ESSA. Students “with the...

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Needs Assessment, Learning, Health and ESSA

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation have released a new guide—Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—which “includes important background information, data sources, tips for advocates and sample health and wellness questions...

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Three States “Raise Hands” on Innovative Assessment Pilot

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Arizona, Louisiana, and New Hampshire have informed the U.S. Department of Education of their interest in applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot, and more could follow before the April 2 application deadline. Under ESSA, the Education Secretary can give...

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Utah Board Feeling Flirty with Federal Funding

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, the Utah Board of Education has voted to request a waiver to for ESSA’s requirement that public-school students take part in annual assessments. But some board members went even farther, arguing that the state should “intentionally reject those...

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