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Achieve, Inc., 2019
As a number of states have created Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused options for students, and more states will make them available in the future, several important policy considerations merit analysis. These include the ways states have designed their STEM graduation options, with a focus on comparing the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High School Students, Graduation Requirements, Incentives
Achieve, Inc., 2019
Federal law requires that, at a minimum, states assess high school students at least once in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science; these results are used for school accountability. With states' recent transitions to new assessments and accountability systems, Achieve wanted to know more about how these varied assessments,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Evaluation, Accountability, State Standards
Achieve, Inc., 2019
In 2013, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), working collaboratively with state education agencies, released a set of criteria for states to use to evaluate and procure high-quality assessments. The English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy section of the document included nine content-specific criteria to evaluate the alignment of…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Reading Tests
Achieve, Inc., 2019
In 2013, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), working collaboratively with state education agencies, released a set of criteria for states to use to evaluate and procure high-quality assessments. The mathematics section of the document included five content-specific criteria to evaluate alignment of assessments to college- and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Difficulty Level, Evaluation Criteria, Cognitive Processes
Achieve, Inc., 2019
Assessment is a key lever for educational improvement. Assessments can be used to monitor, signal, and influence science teaching and learning -- provided that they are of high quality, reflect the rigor and intent of academic standards, and elicit meaningful student performances. Since the release of "A Framework for K-12 Science…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Evaluation Criteria, Cognitive Processes, Test Items
Achieve, Inc., 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests the first year of high school is a critical transition point for students. It also finds course-taking and successful completion of those courses in 9th grade to be valuable predictors of students' success in high school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
Achieve, Inc., 2018
In today's economy, preparation for career or college is essential. Yet too few students graduate with the knowledge or skills to directly enter college or a career. The time students spend in on-the-job training or catching up in remedial courses cost students and their families more both in time and money. Many of these students are caught off…
Descriptors: State Standards, Achievement Gap, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Achieve, Inc., 2018
Using a college admissions test as the statewide summative assessment is an attractive but risky option for some policymakers and parents. These assessments are used for admissions by nearly all higher education institutions, are shorter in length than most state-designed and consortia assessments, have brand name recognition, and are known for…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Accountability, Alignment (Education), College Readiness
Achieve, Inc., 2018
In 2016, 20 states administered the ACT exam to all high school students. Of those 20 states, three use the ACT in their statewide testing program as an assessment for accountability at the high school level. States using the tests as part of an accountability system are required to submit results from an independent alignment study to the U.S.…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College Entrance Examinations, Common Core State Standards, High School Students
Achieve, Inc., 2018
A clear set of student performance goals can serve as the central driver of not only a state's accountability system, but also the entire education system. Well-articulated goals serve numerous critical purposes, including clarifying the state's aspirations and priorities for its students, schools, and the future of the state more broadly;…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Achieve, Inc., 2018
This resource is part of a series of reports about challenges facing statewide science assessments and innovative solutions states are enacting to meet those challenges. Deciding to implement a system of assessments is a critical step toward ensuring that all students are getting the high-quality science education they need--but it is also…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Tests
Achieve, Inc., 2018
In 2013, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), working collaboratively with state education agencies, released a set of criteria for states to use to evaluate and procure high-quality assessments. The mathematics section of the document included five content-specific criteria to evaluate alignment of assessments to college- and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Difficulty Level, Evaluation Criteria, Cognitive Processes
Achieve, Inc., 2018
"Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation," is a series of resources designed to provide state education leaders with: (1) Information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; (2) Analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Tests
Achieve, Inc., 2018
"Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation," is a series of resources designed to provide state education leaders with: (1) Information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; (2) Analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Tests
Achieve, Inc., 2018
"Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation," is a series of resources designed to provide state education leaders with: (1) Information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; (2) Analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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