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January 2016Volume 16, No. 1
Measuring Up: Recalibrating Systems of Assessment


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Not As Easy as It Sounds: Designing a Balanced Assessment System
Having learned that one type of assessment cannot do it all, states must figure out how to fit many pieces together to make a complete picture.
By Rajendra Chattergoon and Scott Marion 

Accountability for What Matters
Data dashboards can help states and districts better track the indicators and outcomes they deem most important without drowning in data.
By Robert Rothman

Aligning the K-12 Academic Journey with a Postsecondary Destination
States can track how well their students are progressing toward career readiness, and North Carolina shows how it’s done.
By Malbert Smith III and Gary L. Williamson

Leveraging Principal Evaluations to Scale Up Instructional Improvement
States and districts can get more bang for the buck by giving serious attention to developing great principals.
By Benjamin Fenton

Georgia’s Teacher Performance Assessment
A focus on assessing new teacher candidates on classroom performance goes statewide.
By Anne Marie Fenton and Pamela Wetherington

New Hampshire’s Accountability 3.0
How New Hampshire is overhauling its system for school accountability.
By Paul Leather

Making Sense of New Science Assessments
New state science standards that integrate core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and practices cry out for assessments that do likewise.
By James W. Pellegrino

The NASBE Interview: Linda Darling-Hammond




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Involving Teachers in State Education Governance

A growing number of states boards of education see the advantages of involving teachers in policymaking decisions. Many have created a place for a current teacher to serve on the board.
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States Make Plans for Reopening

In anticipation of the 2020–21 school year, states have been creating and updating guidance for district and school reopening plans. Several trends emerge.
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Remote Learning in Early Childhood

If online learning is not designed with early childhood in mind, many children will not be able to build a strong foundation for their education and will fail to establish the structure and routines that learning requires.

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