We're taking a look at what the transition from NCLB to ESSA, the new federal budget, and a change in leadership at the U.S. DOE may bring for the education landscape in 2016.
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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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Arne Duncan will step down as U.S. Secretary of Education in December and be replaced by current Deputy Secretary John King, Jr. In this post, we will try to put some perspective around the Duncan administration and reflect on his legacy.
Even though the midterm elections are barely behind us, the first 2016 presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, has officially announced his candidacy, and it’s time for political junkies and education policy nerds (like me) to enjoy the great spectacle that is our democracy in action. So how will education policy, reform, and funding play out against the dramatics of a presidential election?
Since the passing of the NCLB Act of 2001, states have been mandated to assess all students in grades 3–8 and one high school grade, as well as report on grade-level proficiency. This system of measuring and reporting proficiency has been in place now for well over a decade, and some policy makers and education reformers have begun to question this proficiency-based system and consider other options.
In 2015, the next-generation assessments become real for teachers and administrators across the country. After hearing more and more concerns from educators about these new tests, we decided to hold an Assessment Summit at Edmentum to make sure that we are doing everything we can to understand the viewpoints of educators and to help prepare schools for these more challenging and rigorous tests.
Educators are currently working hard to prepare students for the rigor of next-generation assessments like the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). However, there is an additional set of challenges beyond the content rigor that students need to be prepared for—the technical aspects of online assessments.