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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The ELPA21 Field Test wrapped up last month, and the ELPA21 team is beginning to evaluate the results in preparation for the first operational administration in the 2015-2016 school year. The infographic provides a roadmap for users to learn what's ahead for the ELPA21 Field Test and Platform and System Trial so that they can be sure to stay on track.
PARCC is developing a series of online professional learning modules to help school and district educators understand the PARCC Assessment System. Currently, there are two training modules which focus on an overview on the PARCC Common Assessments and the PARCC Accessibility System. Future professional online learning module topics include: Introductions to the PARCC K-2 Formative Tasks, PARCC Diagnostic Assessment, and the PARCC Speaking and Listening Assessment.
Teach Plus, a non-profit organization working to keep effective teachers in urban classrooms, recently released a study that surveyed over 1000 teachers in several states on their evaluation of the PARCC assessment sample questions. The majority of teachers surveyed thought that the PARCC assessments were better than the tests that their states used to have. To read the study, visit Teach Plus.