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Achieve, Inc., 2020
The Algebra II Variable explores state-level mathematics policies on Algebra II, with specific examinations of graduation requirements and assessment policies and alignment to postsecondary expectations. This brief explores inconsistencies that exist both within and across states and reflects on the role and purpose of Algebra II as the Launch…
Descriptors: High School Students, Graduation Requirements, Mathematics Education, Algebra
Achieve, Inc., 2019
"Making Career Readiness Count 3.0" provides an analysis of how the 50 states and the District of Columbia are including and incentivizing measures of career readiness in their new accountability systems under ESSA, as well as an analysis of state-level accountability systems in states with dual systems. This report is the result of a…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, State Standards, Educational Indicators, Accountability
Achieve, Inc., 2019
Throughout the country, state assessments in reading, mathematics, and science continue to play important roles in instructional improvement and accountability. State assessments must align to academic standards that are significantly more challenging than previous standards, reflecting the current knowledge and skill demands of postsecondary…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Guidelines, Mathematics Achievement
Achieve, Inc., 2019
This brief presents an opportunity to gauge how well students with disabilities (SWDs) are doing across the states with respect to selected aspects of readiness for postsecondary success, with an emphasis on the gaps in performance between SWDs and all students, in each state. Achieve has long worked to promote the importance of college and career…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
Achieve, Inc., 2019
This brief focuses on whether outcomes are being reported for English Learners (ELs), and compares outcomes for ELs on select indicators (graduation rate and postsecondary enrollment) because the outcomes data being reported across states on certain indicators vary so widely that it makes cross-state comparisons challenging, if not impossible.…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Graduation Rate, College Attendance, Enrollment Rate
Achieve, Inc., 2019
In 2013 and 2018, the National Science and Technology Counsel (NSTC) released reports to raise awareness about the rapid growth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. One of the ways states are addressing the projected increases in STEM careers and the lack of growth in how many students are pursuing STEM…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Policy, STEM Education, 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., 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., 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
The way that states structure student graduation choices -- as this new brief shows -- has a significant impact on the number and diversity of students who complete a college- and career-ready (CCR) graduation option. Some states automatically expect students to complete a CCR graduation option, giving them the ability to opt out into less…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, College Readiness, Career Readiness, High School Graduates
Achieve, Inc., 2018
Since 2013, 39 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or similar standards based on the National Research Council's "A Framework for K-12 Science Education," signaling a commitment to high-quality and rigorous science education for all students. States' previous science standards…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, State Standards, Educational Quality
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