We are now several years into the implementation of ESSA; we have the first full year of school data from the 2017–18 school year; and states are currently in the midst of annual school testing. So, it seems like a good time to step back and take a look at how states are faring under ESSA accountability. To do this, we’ll examine the data and dashboards of a few states selected to show a variety of different approaches to ESSA accountability.
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We have three updated and newly created preparation courses for the ACT WorkKeys exams that reflect updated standards and requirements from ACT®. Each of these courses is leveled to match the assessments and help students improve their knowledge. Students will find that each level builds upon previous levels, requiring cumulative knowledge of prior and current levels to move ahead successfully in a course.
Since her appointment as Secretary of Education by Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos has received much criticism for many of her decisions in office. Now, Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is saying the role of Education secretary should be held by an educator. Read more about this story, and more, in this week’s EdNews Round Up.
In 2018, the Edmentum Research and Design team completed a study that was set in an Oklahoma school district. This district used Test Packs to structure instruction and prepare high school juniors for the ACT test, which is a portion of the state’s accountability system for high school graduation. The district requested support from the Edmentum Research team to examine the relationship between usage of Test Packs and student performance on the ACT test.
For many of us, just hearing the words “standardized test” can mentally trigger the rhythmic taunting sound of a clock counting down the minutes. Timing has become a huge part of standardized test taking, and in the recent college admissions fraud scandal, parents exploited extra-time accommodations to give their kids the upper hand while testing. But do tests really need a time limit? Read this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up!