Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 1/22/16
A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments.
From EdWeek: While many cheered the states’ new flexibility under ESSA, EdWeek asks if state education departments, some of which have experienced staff and budget reductions, have the capacity to implement new programs around accountability and improving student outcomes.
From Hechinger Report: Taking a look at Louisiana’s attempts to review their standards and asking if and how parents should provide input on standards.
From EdWeek: EdWeek looks at the wording in ESSA on Common Core standards and finds it strikes a “delicate compromise” that will likely be negotiated further upon implementation.
From EdWeek: Edweek reviews the online public comments on ESSA and summarizes certain education groups’ recommendations on accountability and testing.
From the Thomas Fordham Institute: Michael Petrilli argues in favor of maximum flexibility for states under ESSA and offers examples of what these flexible ideas might look like in accountability measures.
From EdSource: California aims to create a “dashboard” of measures to identify schools that are in trouble and wants the federal government to give them the leeway to do so.
From New Brunswick Today (NJ): This week, a panel selected by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recommended that students be required to take the PARCC test as a high school graduation requirement.
In Case You Missed It
From EdWeek: Examining the work of the Innovation Lab Network, a group of states collaborating to rethink and redesign changes to instruction and accountability.