Assessment Opinion What Federally Mandated State Tests Are Good For (And What They Aren’t)
Spring 2021 testing is happening. That can be a good thing—if the goal is about more than school accountability.
Assessment Opinion Did One Program Really Cost Students 276 Years of Learning? (Spoiler: No.)
You should be skeptical about how education research is translated, explain RAND researchers John F. Pane and Matthew D. Baird.
Accountability Opinion 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of an External Program Evaluation
The leader of an educational support program shares lessons learned for doing program evaluations the right way. Contributed by REL Northwest.
Accountability Opinion Evaluating Education Programs Effectively: What Researchers Should Keep in Mind
A researcher's experience of and takeaways for evaluating educational programs. Contributed by REL Northwest.
School & District Management How to Find Evidence-Based Fixes for Schools That Fall Behind
As states and districts grapple with how to develop and use evidenced for school improvement, several new resources are rolling out to help them.
Student Well-Being Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills
The Washoe County, Nev., district is working to develop sophisticated measurements of its comprehensive program to keep students engaged and on track to graduate.
Standards Can 'Micro-Credentialing' Salvage Teacher PD?
Advocates say the movement offers an opportunity for schools to shift away from arbitrary credit-hour requirements toward a system based on evidence of progress in specific instructional skills.
IT Infrastructure Academic, Tech Staff Team Up for Rochester's 1-to-1 Rollout
Years of planning have gone into the upstate New York district’s evolving efforts to put computers into the hands of nearly every student.
Reading & Literacy Is Common Core's Effect on Achievement Fading?
The common core's impact on student achievement in states may have peaked early and now appears to be tapering off, argues a new analysis of NAEP scores.
College & Workforce Readiness Federal Grants Boost N.C.'s 'Early College' High School Push
Funds from the Investing in Innovation program have helped some rural high schools in North Carolina to ramp up their dual-enrollment efforts.
Every Student Succeeds Act Investing in Innovation: An Introduction to i3
The ins and outs of the main "innovation pipeline" for promising pre-K-12 programs, which received more than $1.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.
Accountability Opinion The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment
Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
Reading & Literacy Study Tracks Instructional Shifts Under Common Core
A new survey report finds that the Common Core State Standards have fostered instructional changes in U.S. classrooms, but offers less clarity on specific strategies that boost student achievement.
Assessment PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores between its paper and computer exams in response to questions from Education Week.