Articles: Assessment

Are You Ready to Implement Common Core Standards?

If you think your district needs further preparation to implement the common core state standards (CCSS), you're not alone.

Off the Record: What "No Child" Leaves Behind

After nine years of terrorizing schools nationwide, NCLB is about to be reformed, but even more importantly, renamed.

What's the Value in Value-Added?

A controversial measure of teaching quality gains momentum as federal grants spur districts to adopt it.

The United States Receives Average Rankings from PISA

The United States remained just average in reading and science, while lagging a bit in mathematics, according to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results.

A Call for Technology Leadership

New recommendations urge every superintendent to have a technology strategy—or risk falling behind.

Admission Tests Produce Inaccurate Data when Measuring Student Achievement

States using college admission tests such as the SAT or ACT for measuring achievement of state learning standards are being cautioned to rethink using tests in this manner.

Longer School Year Helps Turn the Tide

Balsz (Ariz.) Elementary School District, the first school district in Arizona to adopt a 200-day calendar, is reporting impressive academic improvements after only one year.

Seeking Tangible Results for Effective Teaching

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools embarks on its second year of collecting data for grant project from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Two Consortia of States Win Race to the Top Funds

The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $350 million in Race to the Top grants for states to develop new assessments for the Common Core Standards.

Harvard Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness

A new study reveals that teacher effectiveness is not only unrelated to the college the teacher attended, but also that teacher effectiveness peaks after 10 years.

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