A new report published by Bellwether Education Partners showcases “trailblazing states” that are making big, public reforms around innovation in state assessment.
At an event to score state summative test items, the deep intellectual engagement, regular reference to classroom experience, familiarity with the standards and deep understanding of student development at each grade level was striking.
More than 330 tasks were scored over five days by 78 teachers from five states and education systems, all of whom were gathered in Austin, Texas, to review New Meridian test content to be used in their state summative test designs.
New Meridian is proud to participate in the National Conference on Student Assessment sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) next week.
Several times a year, we gives readers an in-depth look at the thought process that goes into the production of New Meridian test questions and performance tasks. The goal is to better understand how test items align with academic standards to produce high-quality assessments.
Roughly 20 million Americans were enrolled in two- and four-year colleges across the United States last year, a figure that sounds impressive until you realize that only about 57 percent of U.S. students actually graduate. More than a third never receive a credential of any kind—and the impact is profound.
States, districts and schools don’t need federal authorization to adopt student-centered assessment models. But the U.S. Education Department (USED) does have a say when states want to use one of these innovative assessments to meet ESSA’s requirements.
Since its founding, New Meridian has worked through DonorsChoose to help make a difference in classrooms nationwide. “DonorsChoose allows us to help educators directly,” said CEO Arthur VanderVeen.
When Elizabeth Giacobbe arrived as superintendent of the Beverly City School District in 2011, it was already on New Jersey’s list of troubled districts. Today, the picture could not be more different.
Several years ago, a casual conversation among a handful of leaders at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) led to a vexing question: if a parent were interested in accessing their state’s K-12 report card, how difficult would it be to find online?