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Chattergoon, Rajendra; Marion, Scott – State Education Standard, 2016
Many states and school districts are rethinking how they do educational assessment. A few are going further: attempting to build "balanced," "comprehensive," or "next-generation" assessment systems. At the same time, practitioners and researchers have long mulled the purposes and parts such systems should have. But…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Systems Development, Design Requirements, Best Practices
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Pellegrino, James W. – State Education Standard, 2016
What we choose to assess in science is what will end up being the focus of instruction. US science standards once treated content and inquiry as fairly separate strands of science learning, with content standards stating what students should know and inquiry standards stating what they should be able to do. In its content coverage, these standards…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Tests, Guidelines, Elementary Secondary Education
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Fenton, Ben – State Education Standard, 2016
Strong school leaders play a vital role in accelerating student achievement across a state. Research has found that principals account for 25 percent of a school's total impact on student achievement, and an above-average principal can raise student achievement by as much as 20 percentage points more than an average principal--equivalent to seven…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Improvement
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Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten – State Education Standard, 2016
Children born since the early 1990s have never known a world in which computer and information technologies are not essential to every aspect of their lives. However, far too many young people, especially low-income and minority youth, lack opportunities to learn about the impact of computer and information technologies on their lives and become…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Computer Science Education, State Action, At Risk Students
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Vance, Amelia – State Education Standard, 2016
As state boards of education and other state policymakers consider the future of schools, sorting fad technology from technology that accelerates learning is key. Virtual reality (VR) is one such technology with promise that seems unlikely to fizzle. Hailed as potentially transformative for education and still in the early stages of application,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Trends
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Rikoon, Samuel H.; Brenneman, Meghan W.; Petway, Kevin T., II – State Education Standard, 2016
While basic proficiency in mathematics, reading, and writing is essential, educators and parents alike would more likely list characteristics like perseverance, self-control, creativity, time management, leadership, conscientiousness, and being an effective collaborator when considering what is most important for success in school, work, and life.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, State Standards, Cognitive Ability
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Aladjem, Dan – State Education Standard, 2016
Turning around low-performing schools has been a constant theme in education policy for decades. Even before the latest studies, analysts and education leaders have recognized the implementation challenges schools and districts face. So, what solutions are available for education leaders and state policyholders? The article offered these…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, School Turnaround, State Government, Federal Aid
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Worthen, Maria – State Education Standard, 2016
Personalized learning models can give each student differentiated learning experiences based on their needs, interests, and strengths, including students with disabilities. Personalized learning can pinpoint specific gaps in student learning, identify where a student is on his or her learning pathway, and provide the appropriate interventions to…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Disabilities, Intervention, Student Needs
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Gallagher, Kerry – State Education Standard, 2016
Digital tools are making it easier than ever for teachers to gather and analyze formative data. Paper exit slips can take a classroom teacher upward of an hour to sort and graph after just one day of classes. But now, that same teacher can pose a question out loud to the class and ask students to type answers on their mobile phones and hit send.…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Formative Evaluation, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Shum, Brenda – State Education Standard, 2016
Data plays a starring role in promoting educational equity, and data-driven decision making begins with good state policies. With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a proposed federal rule to address racial disproportionality in special education, states will shoulder increased responsibility for eliminating…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Data, Information Utilization, Educational Improvement
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Rothman, Robert – State Education Standard, 2016
For more than a decade, states have evaluated school performance largely through a single measure--test scores--and rated schools on whether they improved students' performance in reading or math. The idea was to focus schools' attention on the outcomes that mattered most and to focus states' attention on the schools that needed the most help in…
Descriptors: Accountability, Outcome Measures, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment
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Smith, Malbert, III; Williamson, Gary L. – State Education Standard, 2016
Although debate about the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been extensive, there is unanimity on the importance of college and career readiness standards. If statewide assessments are not aligned to the workplace and college requirements of reading and comprehending more complex text, then states will keep…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, College Readiness
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Fenton, Anne Marie; Wetherington, Pamela – State Education Standard, 2016
Like most states, Georgia until recently depended on an assessment of content knowledge to award teaching licenses, along with a licensure recommendation from candidates' educator preparation programs. While the content assessment reflected candidates' grasp of subject matter, licensure decisions did not hinge on direct, statewide assessment of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Performance Based Assessment, Partnerships in Education, State Standards
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Leather, Paul – State Education Standard, 2016
Paul Leather is New Hampshire's deputy commissioner of education. In this article he writes that he believes education policymakers over the past few decades have made two critical decisions that have had deep, deleterious effects on the overall public education system. First, by demanding that each school be evaluated based on a single externally…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Decision Making
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Vance, Amelia – State Education Standard, 2016
Oklahoma's Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act (known as the Student DATA Act) arose just as privacy concerns about student data were beginning to surface. According to Linnette Attai, founder of education technology compliance consultancy PlayWell LLC, "When this climate of data privacy first emerged in its…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Laws
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