Welcome to the
Education Reform Hub Monthly!
This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will
alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several
areas of education reform.
Reform Support Network (RSN) recently published a guide that offers State and local
education leaders a framework for integrating new college- and career-ready
standards, next generation assessments and educator evaluation and support
systems. Co-developed by a number of States in the RSN, the Reform Integration Framework and Resource
Guide also offers access to a
library of resources and descriptions of State approaches. The RSN’s webinar
on the Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide is now available online.
Parents, teachers and students have both the right and the need to know how much progress all students are making each year toward college- and career-readiness. At the same time, as recently noted by Secretary Duncan, “In many places, the amount of testing that is redundant or simply not helpful for instruction has become a real problem.”
In response to concerns about the over-testing of students, the RSN hosted a webinar on “streamlining assessments” that showcased how Connecticut and New York, together with their districts, are working to address this issue.
The hour-long webinar focused on strategies and resources States and districts can use to:
- Survey the current assessment landscape within their districts and schools
- Identify and eliminate assessments that are redundant or that do not contribute to teaching and learning
- Identify the quality of assessments and move toward a better balance of question types
If you are interested in accessing any of the resources featured on the webinar, including a list of guiding questions that States and districts can use to begin a process to streamline assessments, please contact Jamila Smith.
The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, a group
of 21 school districts in southeast Ohio, used Race to the Top funds to provide
professional learning opportunities to teachers and increase the number of
advanced classes available to students, according
to PROGRESS, a
U.S. Department of Education blog. Teachers learned about formative assessments, the use of value-added
test data to inform instruction, college and career readiness planning, and
change leadership. They also are able to connect with peers in other districts to
whom they can turn when they have questions.