New ‘Evidence for ESSA’ Website

The Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins University has released its much anticipated website called Evidence for ESSA (www.evidenceforessa.org), a free web-based resource that provides easy access to information on programs that meet the evidence standards defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The website is designed for education leaders Read more about New ‘Evidence for ESSA’ Website[…]

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Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

One of the broad intents of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to encourage evidence-based decision-making as standard practice. This new, free publication from WestEd, Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA, provides an initial set of tools to help states Read more about Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA[…]

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PARCC Resources for 2017 Assessment Preparation

With the spring 2017 PARCC administration season set to begin in March, the consortium has made a wealth of resources available to help parents, teachers, and students all prepare for this year’s testing. Over the past two years, more than 1,300 authentic released items from PARCC assessments have been published on the Partnership Resource Center Read more about PARCC Resources for 2017 Assessment Preparation[…]

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Show me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action

States create annual aggregate report cards for the public about education statewide. But can people easily find and understand these reports? In many cases, the answer is no. In summer 2016, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) set out to discover what information it could easily find on state report cards from all 50 states and Read more about Show me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action[…]

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NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics

The latest edition of the Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of data about education, including new information about important issues in public education. The Digest, compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Read more about NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics[…]

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ESSA Essentials for Educators: Make your Voice Heard!

The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last year provides educators with a unique opportunity to exercise their voice in education policy. Although it is expected that under the new presidential administration, some of the regulations will be revisited, states are moving forward with the development of new state and district policies required Read more about ESSA Essentials for Educators: Make your Voice Heard![…]

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How to Learn What’s Working in Your Setting

The Regional Educational Laboratories Program has released a new video series that explains how schools, districts, states, and their research partners can use a cost-effective approach, known as “opportunistic experiments,” to test the effectiveness of programs. Under the right circumstances, this type of research study can generate evidence for informing your education decisions. What is Read more about How to Learn What’s Working in Your Setting[…]

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Free Online Course: Learning to Dream – Education and Economic Mobility

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is excited to announce the launch of its latest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, Learning to Dream: Education and Economic Mobility. This course explores the key components of economic mobility and how access to high quality education systems and diverse educational offerings is a key factor in ensuring all Read more about Free Online Course: Learning to Dream – Education and Economic Mobility[…]

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New Guide Helps Teachers Find Classroom Tools That Work

The educators in Student Achievement Partners’ Core Advocate Network have developed a catalog of recommended tools for targeted teaching. What I Use in My Classroom  features more than 30 resources, each endorsed by a teacher in the Core Advocate Network, and includes an explanation from each teacher about how they’ve found the tool to be Read more about New Guide Helps Teachers Find Classroom Tools That Work[…]

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The NEW What Works Clearinghouse Website

The Institute of Education Sciences is pleased to launch the new What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website,  making it easier for users to find educational interventions that make a difference. The new WWC website includes: An enhanced Find What Works (FWW) feature that allows educators and policymakers to find interventions that scientific evidence shows have had Read more about The NEW What Works Clearinghouse Website[…]

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Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans

Recently, Natasha Singer and Mike Isaac reported for The New York Times on Facebook’s new personalized learning platform. An excerpt of the article appears below: Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned Read more about Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans[…]

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The Condition of Education

The National Center for Education Statistics has released The Condition of Education 2016. Listed below are several interesting highlights in this data: 1. Kindergartners’ Approaches to Learning, Family Socioeconomic Status, and Early Academic Gains First-time kindergartners who demonstrated positive approaches to learning behaviors more frequently in the fall of kindergarten tended to make greater gains Read more about The Condition of Education[…]

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Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the ‘Gold Standard’?

The What Works Clearinghouse, which identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of intervention effectiveness, gives its highest rating of confidence only to randomized controlled trials (RCTs). But is an RCT the best way to provide useful information to consumers about complex interventions like curricula? In this American Enterprise Institute report, Alan Ginsburg and Read more about Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the ‘Gold Standard’?[…]

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New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials

The materials on EngageNY, the online library of common-core-aligned curricula hosted by New York state’s education department, have now been downloaded more than 45 million times, far surpassing many people’s expectations for the free resource created just five years ago. But with the website’s federal funding source having all but dried up, a new group Read more about New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials[…]

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Collaborative Inquiry in MNPS

Each month in Core Education’s issue brief, we post a call for commentary. We always enjoy hearing great ideas from our readers! Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Margie Johnson of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) about an innovative approach to collaborative inquiry that the district is implementing. Through a partnership with REL Read more about Collaborative Inquiry in MNPS[…]

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Compendium of Social-Behavioral Research

Between 2002 and 2013, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funded over 245 projects focused on social-behavioral competencies or outcomes (e.g., social skills, dropout prevention) through the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Together, the researchers funded by these groups developed or tested more than 170 Read more about Compendium of Social-Behavioral Research[…]

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