New Report to Build a Vision for Balanced Systems of Assessments in a Guide for States and Districts
Aurora Institute and the Center for Assessment published a report this week with guidance for state leaders to build better and more balanced assessment systems, with the ultimate goal of achieving equitable outcomes for all learners. The organizations jointly released How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity to transform current policy and practice challenges into levers for change.
|From the Education Domain Blog|
Education Innovation Is Flourishing Across the Commonwealth of VirginiaIn a dawn of new business opportunities across Virginia, all students need to acquire the essential knowledge and skills that lead to lifelong learning, workforce success, and active citizenship...
What Could a Shift Toward a Whole Child Approach Look Like in Schools? An Emphasis on Mental HealthWhen we think about the whole child, we think about six key domains of development, and mental health is one of them...
A Call to Action for Higher Education to Modernize TeachingA new brief urges a fundamental re-imagination of the educator profession alongside the transformational changes happening in K-12 education systems...
The State of the Field, 2019There was growing awareness that one-size-fits-all approaches to school knowledge and organization are ill-adapted to individuals’ needs and to the knowledge society at large...
Webinar | Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students SucceedCompetency-based education holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature embedded in the culture, structure, and pedagogy. View this archived webinar for an in-depth exploration of the report, Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed, and for action steps to develop an equity agenda within a personalized, competency-based system.
Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation
Personalized Learning Can Even Playing Field for Tennessee's Low-Income Students
Rhiannon Dunn, The Tennessean
Why a High-Performing District Is Changing Everything with Competency-Based Learning
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
Eight Lessons We Learned from Education Research in 2019
Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat
We Need to Teach Young Men of Color Differently. That Starts With Books Where They Are Celebrated
David Banks, The 74
5 K-12 Trends to Watch in 2020
Linda Jacobson, Roger Riddell, and Naaz Modan, Education Dive
NCLB's 'Hangover' and 'Schools Without Walls': AASA Finalists Detail Top Ed Concerns
Naaz Modan, Education Dive
If Every Kid Learns Differently, Why Does Cookie-Cutter Approach to K-12 Education Persist?
Marjorie Cortez, KSL
Making SEL Culturally Competent
Scott Seider and Daren Graves, Edutopia
How Schools are Expanding the Definition of Student Success
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Innovation Is Everywhere
Jenny Curtin, Britt Neuhaus, and Saskia Levy Thompson, Barr Foundation
Aurora Institute in the News
2019: A Year in Review
Happy New Year! As we close out 2019 and look forward to what the new year will bring, let’s take a look back at what our profession learned in the last year. Read More
Policy Brief Highlights Need for Higher Education Institutions to Create Systematic Changes Within Teaching
Titled “Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce,” recommends three main policy changes including the need to “diversify the workforce, modernize teacher preparation and promote continuous professional learning and development.” Read More
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Deadline for Round 3 of IADA ApproachingThe U.S. Department of Education announced a third round of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA). This authority allows states to rebalance assessment systems for evaluating schools, as well as other approaches for increasing the utility of assessments for improving teaching and learning. Read More
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