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Betebenner, Damian W.; Wenning, Richard J. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
In "Understanding Pandemic Learning Loss and Learning Recovery: The Role of Student Growth & Statewide Testing" we show how states, with spring 2021 assessment data together with student growth results derived from it, are positioned to address critical questions regarding academic learning loss. Answers to these questions, together…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Keng, Leslie; Boyer, Michelle – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
ACT requested assistance from the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) to investigate declines of scores for states administering the ACT to its 11th grade students in 2018. This request emerged from conversations among state leaders, the Center for Assessment, and ACT in trying to understand the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Test Score Decline, Educational Trends
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; Brandt, Chris – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
The authors offer a set of recommendations for the next Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization. They recommend changes to the assessment, accountability and Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) as well as for a federally-supported research and evaluation…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment
Lorié, William – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
State assessment leaders are concerned about the challenges with receiving full approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) when using the ACT or the SAT as their assessment of high school achievement. USED has asked states opting to use the ACT or the SAT as the achievement indicator under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College Entrance Examinations, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Evans, Carla M. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to collaboration. Key initial questions include: What is…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, 21st Century Skills, Definitions, Cooperative Learning
Evans, Carla – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to critical thinking. Key initial questions include: What…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, 21st Century Skills, Skill Development, Definitions
Brandt, W. Christopher – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to self-directed learning. Key initial questions include:…
Descriptors: Independent Study, 21st Century Skills, Definitions, Success
Thompson, Jeri – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to complex communication. Key initial questions include:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communication Skills, 21st Century Skills, Success
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic and attending shift to remote schooling initiated a dramatic impact on student learning, an impact that state and district leaders feel a sense of urgency to understand and address. These leaders are accustomed using state and district test data to shed light on student achievement and growth. But without…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Data Collection, COVID-19
Marion, S. F.; Gonzales, D.; Wiener, R.; Peltzman, A. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
State policymakers are confronting well-documented intersecting crises -- medical, economic, and racial -- with especially dire implications for educational equity. State education leaders face a moral urgency to both understand and respond to the challenges students are experiencing and to do so in ways that address burgeoning equity gaps.…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Opportunities, Program Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
Boyer, Michelle; Dadey, Nathan; Keng, Leslie – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
This school year, every state education agency (SEA) is faced with unprecedented, COVID-19-related challenges for the implementation of 2021 statewide summative assessments. Two overarching challenges are in how tests will be administered, and how scores will be interpreted and used, with many intervening and related challenges. Test…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Summative Evaluation, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies
Marion, Scott; Thompson, Jeri; Evans, Carla; Martineau, Joseph; Dadey, Nathan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2019
There has been a call for balanced assessment systems which resulted from a recognition that most state summative assessments poorly served the primary purpose of assessment: improving learning and instruction. Educators understand that large-scale summative tests are far too distal from instruction, at the wrong grain size, and administered at…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2019
In March 2019, The New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) convened thirteen statewide community engagements to gather public input to reimagine the state assessment system. Following these community input meetings, the NM PED convened the New Mexico Task Force for Student Success (Task Force), which was comprised of key education…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, State Policy
Landl, Erika L. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2018
Over the last five years, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is requiring states to provide more and better evidence supporting the quality and validity of their assessment and accountability systems. Notably, states are asked to explain more fully how the proposed design of their systems will provide accurate and reliable information that…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2018
There seems to always be a new twist on high school testing in the U.S.; testing that is, at least in part, mandated by federal education law. As someone who grew up taking the New York State Regents exams, the author has thinking about high school testing for a long time. In this report, the author offers some thoughts about the current state of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Federal Legislation
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