The Department of Education has made public the first set of feedback on submitted state plans, and a much clearer picture of what expectations for accountability every state will have to meet has emerged.
Dave Adams is Chief Academic Officer at Edmentum. Dave started with Edmentum in 1994 as part of PLATO Learning’s acquisition of Lightspan. Throughout his tenure Dave has led content development including development of Edmentum’s online courses solution; development of the assessment products; and the ongoing innovation of online curriculum. Establishing an evaluation and efficacy program to measure the effectiveness of educational solutions, Edmentum can now measure the impact on student learning. Dave has also led Professional Services, Training and Implementation solutions and most recently runs Edmentum’s virtual school, EdOptions Academy.
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Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December of 2015, states have had the mandate to design new accountability systems. States are now ready to begin submitting their plans to the U.S. Department of Education for review. We're taking a look at what these state plans include.
As state standards, tests, and accountability all continue to evolve toward higher expectations of student performance, growth-based assessment models are gaining popularity. We're taking a closer look at the difference between growth and proficiency, and the benefits growth-based models have to offer.
A new program under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, presents an exciting opportunity for schools and teachers to create a more well-rounded climate for learning and to enhance how and what students learn.
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