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Peltzman, Alissa; Curl, Cory – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2019
State and school report cards provide a powerful avenue for states to reach families and the broader public as essential partners in improving student outcomes. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and many state legislatures require states to publish an array of education data including measures at the state, district, and school levels.…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Decision Making
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2019
The English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities presented in this document were developed with explicit consideration of the range of learners who make up the English learner with significant cognitive disabilities student population. The standards are further intended to support these…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Intellectual Disability
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2019
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law on December 10, 2015, requires that state education agencies (SEAs) establish standardized, statewide entrance and exit procedures for their English learners (ELs), including ELs with disabilities. For certain ELs with…
Descriptors: Disabilities, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Student Needs
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, state education agencies (SEAs) have invested much time, effort, and resources into designing their accountability systems so that they reflect the state's vision and priorities and are in compliance with federal statute. Over the course of the past year, each state has…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Quality Control, Accountability, Educational Legislation
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
In May 2016 an Invitational Symposium on the Reading for Understanding (RfU) Initiative was held in Alexandria, Virginia. Co-hosted by ETS and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the symposium brought together 160 state and local education leaders to examine the results of the RfU initiative. The goal of the U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Curriculum Development
Ratway, Beth – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
The primary purpose of this Guide is to provide a blueprint for the development, revision, and implementation of state social studies standards. The process described herein offers opportunities for a range of stakeholder groups to engage in discussions around promising approaches and strategies that strategically advance implementation goals. It…
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Implementation, Academic Standards, State Standards
Reyna, Ryan – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
Developing and releasing a user-friendly school report card site is a process for ongoing engagement and improvement. This report describes the continuous improvement efforts of three states--Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia--to make their school and district report cards more user-friendly. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Rating, Accountability
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
The purpose of this primer is to encourage K-12 educators to use consistent and clear prompts structured around the crosscutting concepts to provide a common scientific language that students and teachers use as they engage in the formative assessment process. "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" ("Framework"), (NRC, 2012)…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Science Education, Teaching Methods
Umansky, Ilana; Hopkins, Megan; Dabach, Dafney Blanca; Porter, Lorna; Thompson, Karen; Pompa, Delia – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
Recently arrived immigrant English learners (RAIELs) are a highly diverse group, encompassing important subgroups such as students with refugee status, unaccompanied minors, and students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFEs). RAIELs arrive in the U.S. filtering into all grade levels, with varied initial English proficiency levels,…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Student Needs, Student Diversity
D'Brot, Juan; Keng, Leslie; Landl, Erika – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marked the beginning of a new development cycle for accountability systems. State leaders once again have an opportunity to redesign their accountability systems based on the provisions included in ESSA and to ensure that systems improve outcomes for all students. The correct identification of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation
Domaleski, Chris; D'Brot, Juan; Keng, Leslie; Keglovits, Russ; Neal, Ann-Michelle – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
Most states have developed or revised school accountability systems in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While these systems include multiple indicators, to many stakeholders the outcome of central interest is the overall rating or classification produced for each school. These ratings are often used to identify schools that merit…
Descriptors: Accountability, Performance Based Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria
Hakuta, Kenji; Pompa, Delia – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, state teams have been preparing their state plans aligned with ESSA for submission in April or September 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education. Because ESSA lands much of the decision-making and responsibility in education at the state and local levels, state education leaders…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, State Programs, Accountability, Educational Legislation
Forte, Ellen – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
Large-scale academic assessments have played a dominant role in U.S. federal and state education policies over the past couple of decades. Among the many validity issues that presently concern test users is the evaluation of alignment among large-scale assessments and the academic content and performance standards on which they are based. This…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Measurement, Academic Standards, Educational Policy
Goldschmidt, Pete; Hakuta, Kenji – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposes changes in how states include the nation's growing population of English Learners (ELs) into the accountability system. The purpose of this paper is to identify key issues and questions that might be considered and explored by state decision makers in this area. Our primary audience is anyone in a…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards (hereafter CCSS) contains a review of the research stressing the importance of being able to read complex text for success in college and career. The research shows that while the complexity of reading demands for college, career, and citizenship have held steady or risen over the past half century,…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, English Instruction, Language Arts, Literacy
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