assessment

Teacher Observation Less Reliable than Test Scores

A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,000 teachers and about $50 million later, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it has the answers.

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States Benefit from Assessment Collaboration

New Research Helps Explain Why Girls Do Better in School

New research from the University of Georgia and Columbia University published in the current issue of Journal of Human Resources suggests that it's because of their classroom behavior, which may lead teachers to assign girls higher grades than their male counterparts.

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Ind. Charter Schools Continue to Show Strong Test Score Gains, Study Shows

Charter schools in Indiana are among the nation’s best at raising student test scores when compared with other public schools, a Stanford University study showed.

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Integrating instruction and formative assessment effectively

Using data from continued, timely assessment can strengthen teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement

An IEP for Every Student? Using Technology to Provide Truly Differentiated Instruction

Paving an individual path to success: Creating IEPs for every student with the help of technology

16 Race to the Top District Winners Announced

On December 11, 2012, the Education Department announced the 16 winners of the Race to the Top school district grants (RTTD). Sixty-one finalists had been announced recently out of an original 372 districts that turned in applications in November. A total of $400 million was due to go out, and winners ranged from $10 million to $40 million for a period of four years, depending on the population of the given district. The winners included urban and rural districts, small districts and large consortia, and public and charter schools.

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U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

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Conn. Releases New 'Performance Index' For Every School

Parents who want a quick, easy snapshot of their child's school's performance can have it now with the release of a "school performance index" number for each of the state's 1,200 schools.

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Reshaping Alabama's Education System

Former Hanceville student Miranda Robertson made good grades and got all the inspiration she needed from her high school experience to eventually return as a teacher’s aide in the Cullman County school system. What she didn’t get? A diploma. Robertson would have graduated in 2005, and though she got to walk and received a certificate of attendance, she still couldn’t technically graduate because she failed one section of a certain standardized test. It didn’t matter that she made As and Bs every year — what she really needed was a passing mark on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

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