Assessment and standards

Students are showing growth during a K-12 recovery that could take years

A full academic rebound will require above-average growth–and for some students, well above average–if educators hope to close achievement gaps as schools bounce back from the pandemic.

Why data is the key to improving your student assessments

If you're like most teachers, you've found yourself, at some point, delivering a lecture only to notice you don't have the attention of your class.

Here comes fresh guidance in choosing the right testing platforms

Interim exams that support immediate instructional decisions have become a key tool for measuring unfinished learning as districts work to recover from the pandemic.

What the latest test results from 3 states say about academic acceleration

High-dosage tutoring, high-quality instruction and summer school are fulling their promise of reversing pandemic learning loss, according to asessment results from one southern state.

State of the education market: Are schools giving educators what they want?

Annual report gauges the use and availability of teaching materials that are aligned to college and career-ready standards, and how lessons are being modified or supplemented.

10 most rigorous high schools in the U.S. ranked in ‘Challenge Index’

Being economically challenged does not prevent students at IDEA McAllen College Prep from having access to the No. 1 most challenging curriculum in the U.S.

Why school districts need to start measuring college and career readiness now

Districts can do better to ensure their students are effectively prepared for college and careers by administering readiness feedback surveys as early as middle school. 

Best high school rankings: These are the top 3 in each state

The top public high schools, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, span all regions of the country, from Virginia to Florida to Texas to Washington.

Did graduation rates tumble during COVID? Yes, but some schools set records

The 2021 graduate rate set a record at Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland. Across the country in Nevada, Washoe County Schools' graduation rate slipped.

Top 10 states where the most in-person learning occurred during COVID

"School closures may ultimately prove to be the most costly policy decision of the pandemic era." That's the somber conclusion made by researchers taking a fresh look at the economic and other impacts of COVID. 

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