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Damian Betebenner; Jeri Thompson – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2024
This study explores the effects of COVID-19 on academic growth and achievement in Hawaii schools, and strategies that school leaders used in the recovery from the pandemic. The calculations in this report can support states as they investigate the impact of COVID on students and schools and their recovery from the pandemic. The Center for…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Outcome Measures, Educational Practices
Dadey, Nathan; Evans, Carla M.; Lorié, Will – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2023
Through-year assessment is enjoying a surge of attention. A through-year assessment program is: (1) Administered in multiple distinct sessions during a school year; and (2) Intended to support (a) the production and use of a summative determination, and (b) one additional aim. More than a dozen states are designing, piloting, or implementing…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Accountability, Evaluation Methods
Will Lorié – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2023
As a desired outcome of education, ethical thinking has roots in philosophy, developmental psychology, and political movements that advocate for developing knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions beyond those associated with traditional school subjects. Economists, business leaders, and educators have long advocated for preparing students for an…
Descriptors: Success, Thinking Skills, Ethics, Outcomes of Education
National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2023
Creative thinking is essential for career success in the information age. According to the World Economic Forum, creative thinking ranks as the fastest growing and second-most important skill among employers. Creative thinking also ranks above artificial intelligence (AI) and big data in terms of companies' skills-training priorities for workers.…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Success, Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes
Chris Domaleski; Juan D'Brot; Laura Pinsonneault; Brian Gong; Chris Brandt – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2023
The last few years have produced a groundswell of interest in improving our school accountability systems. Some suggest it's necessary to fine-tune current practices, while others advocate sweeping reforms that pave the way for entirely different approaches. A range of perspectives fall between these ends of the continuum, but support for the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement, Problems
D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2022
Accountability mechanisms and processes have evolved with changes in statute. State Education Agency (SEA) accountability systems may exhibit characteristics of compliance- and/or improvement-focused systems in light of requirements under the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" (ESEA) and its reauthorizations under the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Best Practices, Disclosure, State Departments of Education
Marion, Scott; Pace, Lillian; Brown, Julianna Charles; Keng, Leslie – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2022
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) during the summer of 2021 for a firm to support the redesign of Utah's School Accountability System so that it's more aligned with Personalized, Competency-Based Learning and Utah's Portrait of a Graduate, but still simple and transparent. The current Utah School…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Competency Based Education, Evaluation Criteria
Shapovalov, Yelisey A.; Evans, Carla M. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2022
This document presents a research synthesis for the "Educator Assessment Literacy Professional Learning Screener," a screening tool developed to help state, district, or school leaders select a high-quality assessment literacy professional learning service by evaluating the quality of content and implementation plans. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Assessment Literacy, Screening Tests, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary Secondary Education
Brandt, W. Christopher – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
Creative insights and advances influence improved learning conditions and innovations for addressing global challenges. Moreover, technological advances make information universally available, which has rapidly accelerated progress across economic sectors. These advances have major implications for educators and, further, the knowledge and skills…
Descriptors: Creativity, Success, Job Skills, 21st Century Skills
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
State leaders are deeply committed to providing information to parents, educators, and the public about student performance to help target resources and supports quickly and effectively. Some state leaders have examined the context in their respective states and determined that taking a different approach to assessment for the spring of 2021 would…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Guidelines, State Policy, Educational Policy
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
This is meant to support states who find they need additional flexibility beyond the three options listed in the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) February 2021 letter to state chiefs. This rationale accompanies the Assessment Flexibility Guidance (ED614803) posted by the Center for Assessment on March 9, 2021. State leaders should select and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, State Policy, Educational Policy, State Boards of Education
Dadey, Nathan; Keng, Leslie; Boyer, Michelle; Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
State summative educational assessment is about to begin in earnest. Rightfully, many are raising questions about the quality, meaning, and appropriate use of the assessment results. This document was written to support state educational agencies (SEAs) and their assessment providers in devising effective and efficient analysis plans. This…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Test Use
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
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