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Stiles, Katherine; Mundry, Susan; DiRanna, Kathy – WestEd, 2017
In response to the need to develop leaders to guide the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding to WestEd to develop a framework that defines the leadership knowledge and actions needed to effectively implement the NGSS. The development of the framework entailed…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Instruction, Standard Setting, Science Education
Reedy, Kristen; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie – WestEd, 2015
States, school districts, and schools across the country are increasingly implementing multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) to improve outcomes for all students. Kansas is no exception. The Kansas MTSS is designed to improve outcomes for all students by instituting system-level change across the classroom, school, district, and state. Such…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Educational Change
WestEd, 2014
Consider that colorful photographs, eye-catching illustrations, and captivating images intended to make textbooks more appealing may actually distract students from the lesson at hand. Or that asking students to simply solve math problems might not be as effective as having them explain the steps of solutions that are already worked out--even some…
Descriptors: Cognitive Science, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Middle Schools
Flaherty, John, Jr.; Sobolew-Shubin, Alexandria; Heredia, Alberto; Chen-Gaddini, Min; Klarin, Becca; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2014
Math in Common® (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. As the MiC initiative moves into its second year, one of the central activities that each of the districts is undergoing to support CCSS…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Formative Evaluation, Program Implementation, Middle Schools
Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Dadgar, Mina; Austin, Kim; Klarin, Becca; Broek, Marie; Finkelstein, Neal; Mundry, Susan; Bugler, Dan – WestEd, 2014
"Core to College: Preparing Students for College Readiness and Success" is a three-year initiative. The initiative's mission is to "facilitate greater coordination between K-12 and postsecondary education systems around implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments." Its aim is to foster…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Student Evaluation, College Readiness, Alignment (Education)
Venezia, Andrea; Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Nodine, Thad – WestEd, 2010
There is substantial work being done--in California and nationwide--to develop college readiness standards; expand concurrent enrollment programs; communicate clearly about the key cognitive strategies necessary for postsecondary success (e.g., analytical thinking); improve student supports; and implement other approaches to improve students'…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Readiness, Student Placement
Crane, Eric W.; Rabinowitz, Stanley; Zimmerman, Joy – WestEd, 2004
This Knowledge Brief argues for the value of creating a district accountability system that complements the state?s federally prescribed effort. It also identifies essential decisions that must be made in developing a local system and includes or points to resources that can help inform and guide the process. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Accountability
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
The accuracy and fairness of standardized testing is taken very seriously in the education world. These issues are a major focus of both the testing experts who develop standardized tests and the researchers who endeavor to ensure a test's fairness, reliability, validity, and accuracy. But many issues remain both controversial and complex. The…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Test Items, Test Bias
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
How early is too early? As testing has grown more widespread in recent decades, important issues have arisen concerning how to ensure that early childhood testing is used appropriately and with positive educational benefits. Actually, this kind of testing has been happening for a long time. Testing young children became a frequent practice when…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Young Children, Testing, Admission Criteria
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
A variety of testing methods can be extremely useful in finding out whether children who are experiencing learning difficulties may have one or more learning disabilities. This is an important and valuable role for testing. Another important issue concerns how best to ensure fairness for a learning disabled student when he or she must take a…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities, Testing, Standardized Tests
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
There have always been tests, but there have never before been so many! It is natural for parents and concerned citizens to wonder what is motivating this increase and to examine the many reasons why. Ever since there have been schools, teachers have used tests of various kinds to find out how well students are learning and if their instruction…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests, Testing, Student Evaluation
Koppich, Julia E. – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
Teaching matters. Study after study confirms that students who have high quality teachers make significant and lasting achievement gains. Those with less effective teachers play a constant game of academic catch-up. Having high quality teachers consistently tops parents' list of critical elements of an effective school. As the National Commission…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Testing
Bergman, Lincoln – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
It is challenging for parents and the general public to make sense of the reports on test scores that appear in the mass media. This article offers some things for readers to consider as they bring a critical eye to what is read in the papers. Usually reports on test scores in the media are quite short and focus on one or two aspects of test…
Descriptors: Test Results, State Standards, Mass Media, Evaluation Methods
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
Testing in the nation's schools is on the rise. From the classroom quiz to the large-scale standardized test, the pressure for education to be "accountable" has intensified. As children experience this new tide of testing, it is helpful to become more aware of the different types of tests and their purposes. Students in the United States…
Descriptors: State Standards, Testing, Standardized Tests, Norm Referenced Tests
Dietel, Ron – Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) at WestEd, 2004
The increase in large-scale standardized testing in the nation's schools is one major result of demands for accountability. Such testing also impacts many aspects of school and family life and culture. For some, certain unintended impacts may be like side effects of medicines that need to be tolerated; for others they raise larger questions about…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Scores, Accountability