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Transitioning Toward Holistic Assessment Systems

Many changes are being considered for schools in 2020-2021 and beyond in the era of COVID-19 and disruptions to schooling. Some of these include later school-year starts, blended instructional models for all students, full-on virtual delivery of content, and an extended school year to account for lost instructional time. Add to this the very real social and emotional needs of both students and adults and we need to be holistically considering school restart.

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Stop Searching for the Holy Grail: Responding to COVID-19 Achievement Gaps

How Educators Should Address Achievement Gaps Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since school closures and remote learning became the norm, I have received emails from school and district leaders relevant to COVID-19 achievement gaps asking some variation of this question:

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Can Educational Assessment Improve Teaching?

What Would it Take to Design an Assessment System Around a Goal of Improving Teachers’ Knowledge and Skills?

How would I design an assessment or assessment system if my goal was to improve teaching? My colleagues, Chris Domaleski and Leslie Keng, and I met recently with state assessment leaders who are thinking about reforming their assessment system. 

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Do Interim Assessments Have A Role in Balanced Systems of Assessment?

Evaluating Interim Assessments Against the Criteria for Balanced Assessment Systems

Interim assessments may have a role in balanced assessment systems, but that role is not conferred by title. It is conferred by logic and evidence tied to particular purposes and uses. 

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The Importance of Educational Assessment Policy in Shaping High-Quality State Assessments

Recommendations for Good Practices in Developing and Codifying State Assessment Policy

This is the fourth in a series of CenterLine posts by our 2019 summer interns and their Center mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Zachary Feldberg, from the University of Georgia, worked with Scott Marion on a systematic review of states’ large-scale educational assessment policies.

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Improving Equity: What Makes Accountability Indicators Meaningful? 

Ensure You’re Receiving Valuable Information Necessary to Support Student Equity and Improvement  

This is the third in a series of CenterLine posts by our 2019 summer interns and their Center mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer; and it is the second post by Nikole Gregg. Nikole is from James Madison University and worked with Brian Gong on how states have attempted to promote equity through the design of their ESSA accountability systems.

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Improving Equity: Understanding State Identification Systems under ESSA

Creating a Framework to Help Describe Differences in How States Identify Schools for Support and Improvement

This is the second in a series of CenterLine posts by our 2019 summer interns and their Center mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Nikole Gregg from James Madison University worked with Brian Gong on how states have attempted to promote equity through the design of their ESSA accountability systems.

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An Education Innovator’s Dilemma

The Challenge in Trying to Be Innovative Under ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority

I was an early supporter and promoter of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), but I now have serious doubts about the viability of the IADA and its ability to support deep and meaningful educational reform.

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Considering Interim Assessments and Summative Information

Providing Flexibility to Schools and Districts while meeting ESSA Assessment Requirements

Getting the most out of any investment is common sense, and a sensical goal. In terms of school districts and states, these entities often make substantial investments into interim assessments with the aim of supporting classroom instruction and district decision making.

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Rethinking Accountability for Alternative High Schools 

The Problems with Applying Traditional Performance Ratings to Alternative Schools 

Alternative high schools serve a vital role in improving outcomes for students, particularly for those students who are most at risk. 

While there isn’t a uniform definition for “alternative,” the term typically describes a school that primarily serves students who have not been successful in a traditional environment. Alternative high schools often receive students with cumulative academic deficits and take on the vital work of helping students prepare for opportunities after high school. 

 

How Effective are Alternative High Schools?

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