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Lessons from New Hampshire’s PACE

By Nancy Duchesneau As a previous post discussed, the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority was inspired by New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) pilot. As states consider applying for the authority to develop their own assessment pilots, attention has turned to PACE and what lessons can be gleaned from New Hampshire’s experience.… Read More »

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

By Nancy Duchesneau The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new opportunities for states to customize, innovate, and improve their assessment and accountability systems. One such option is the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority, which gives states and districts a chance to try out a new generation of assessments. Inspired by New Hampshire’s Performance… Read More »

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

By David Casalaspi   On October 27, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released the statewide results of the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) exams – the state’s new standardized tests. The results were miserable. Only 45% of 6th graders scored proficient in English, 33% of 5th graders scored proficient in mathematics,… Read More »

Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?

Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?

By Jason Burns In late 2013, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced changes to the examination prospective teachers are required to pass in order to obtain a Michigan teaching certificate. Specifically, the difficulty of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE), which is considered a test of the basic skills a teacher needs to be effective,… Read More »

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

By Rachel White As states adopt new standardized assessments that align with newly adopted college- and career-ready standards (e.g., Common Core and state-supplemented iterations thereof), parents are refusing to let their children partake in the test. At one high school in Seattle, Washington, not a single 11th grade student showed up to take the SBAC… Read More »

Concerns Grow Over Using M-STEP Data in Teacher Evaluations

Concerns Grow Over Using M-STEP Data in Teacher Evaluations

By Dave Reid As reported previously on Green & Write, Michigan’s new standardized assessment system, M-STEP, will continue through at least 2018. Currently in its first year of use, the new assessment has generated some concerns, particularly from teachers and teachers unions, regarding how reliable these assessments are and if they should be used as the… Read More »

Michigan to Continue M-STEP Through At Least 2018

Michigan to Continue M-STEP Through At Least 2018

By Jason Burns On March 26, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced that M-STEP, the system of standardized tests adopted by MDE for this school year, will remain Michigan’s standardized assessment system for at least three more years. This announcement was somewhat surprising as M-STEP was originally intended to be administered this year only… Read More »

Common Core State Standards Alignments

Common Core State Standards Alignments

By Adrienne Hu Alignment issues of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have become the new hot topic in many studies and reports published recently. One reason why people are so keen about alignment is that it can help us distinguish whether the issues facing many states in education are really about the standards themselves, or… Read More »