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Leveraging Federal Legislation and Data to Build an Education-to-Workforce Pipeline

The places where individuals live and learn dramatically affect their opportunities and life outcomes, including access to a high-quality education, workforce training, and employment. Researchers Susan Bowles Therriault and Trent Sharp of the American Institutes for Research argue that state leaders must pay attention to the effects of geography as they develop policies to build […]

Using Innovative Assessments to Promote Education Equity and Testing Efficiency

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided new opportunities for creating innovative assessments that fulfill accountability requirements while contributing to learning and teaching. In this webinar, Abby Javurek, senior director of large-scale solutions at not-for-profit NWEA, discusses how the organization has worked with states such as Georgia and Louisiana to develop assessment solutions that increase […]

Understanding Balanced Assessment Systems

In a balanced assessment system, different types of assessment are used to gather information about students’ learning for different purposes. For example, formative assessments gather information to inform teachers and students’ decisions about ongoing classroom learning. In contrast, summative assessments provide snapshots on students’ performance at the end of a unit or school year to […]