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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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Reimagining School

Bolstered by American Rescue Plan funds and lessons learned during pandemic-induced school closures, state policymakers have an opportunity to reexamine and reform their education systems.
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State Boards Seek Increased Educator Diversity

This NASBE analysis highlights four states—Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and North Carolina—that have taken significant steps to increase educator diversity.
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Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

Kentucky state board member and special education teacher Allison Slone urges state boards of education to seize the opportunity the pandemic created to strengthen policies to ensure that parents and caregivers can engage meaningfully in school decision making.

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