Educational achievement is a pressing issue today for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. National and state assessment results show that AI/AN youth underperform compared to their peers in other groups. Across the board, AI/AN students graduate from high school at a lower rate and drop out of school at a higher rate. The animation and resources in this section discuss in detail the AI/AN achievement gap.
The Framework is a compilation of ideas and lessons learned from a variety of sources, most recently the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation plans. The Framework provides a general model for implementing new or revised content standards. The Framework is labeled as version 1.0, recognizing that it may evolve and be updated based on user feedback.
The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with high-quality, challenging texts so that they will achieve key goals of College and Career Ready Standards by being able to read, comprehend, and evaluate increasingly complex text independently. This Spotlight centers on the CSAI produced resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading. It also includes examples, multi-media tools, and further reading on the subject of close reading.
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Colorín Colorado posted a short blog on considerations and supports that educators should address before their English language learner students take assessments on the computer.
Aligned is a publication containing short blog posts about Common Core-aligned instructional materials. Posts include guidance on how to review materials and stories of how states have undergone the alignment process.
State education commissioners and superintendents who are part of the PARCC Governing Board recently voted to shorten test times and simplify test administration of the PARCC summative assessments for the 2015-2016 school year. The vote was in response to school and district feedback during the first year of testing and a review by PARCC of the test design. For more information, visit the link above and also click here.