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Five Things You Didn't Know About Louisiana's PARCC Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 19, 2015 2:16:00 PM

 

"What gets measured gets mastered"—this is the Louisiana Department of Education's credo regarding statewide assessment. The Department also has an equally catchy tagline for the educational system it governs: "Louisiana Believes."  

To gain some insight into what they believe, we can take a look at how the state measures the academic progress of its K-12 public school students. Like numerous other states, Louisiana has opted to utilize a suite of tests developed in partnership with PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.   

Here are five things you may not already know about what makes Louisiana's PARCC assessments unique. Enjoy!

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Ohio's PARCC Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 19, 2015 8:32:00 AM

 

Providing a quality education to more than 1.8 million K-12 public school students in Ohio is the responsibility of the state's educators as well as the Ohio Department of Education. Increased learning expectations among students nationwide has not made this task any simpler, but Ohio has made it clear that the state is up to the challenge. 

In compliance with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which Ohio adopted in 2010, and aligned with the benchmarks contained in the Ohio Academic Content Standards, the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) were developed to measure student learning gains in math, reading, and science. 

Although the Ohio Department of Education's website still lists the OAA tests as current, changes are afoot in Ohio as OAA tests have recently been supplanted by assessments developed by a consortium known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. 

Without further ado, here are five things you may not know about Ohio's statewide achievement tests:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know about Alabama's ACT Aspire Exams

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 18, 2015 12:51:00 PM

 

"Every child a graduate. Every graduate prepared." This is is the credo emblazoned atop the official website of the Alabama State Department of Education. It is emblematic of the spirit of the great state of Alabama and its system of public K-12 education, and you can tell that AL stakeholders take it seriously.  

Technology implementation, community outreach, and data-driven instruction are among the pillars of this system, which comprises 733,089 K-12 students and 11,149 pre-K students, according to the most recent count.  

The following five facts are meant to provide a quick overview of the ACT Aspire, AL’s new state assessment.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know about Maryland's State Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 16, 2015 1:24:00 PM

 

Common Core adoption has impacted Maryland much in the same way it has affected over 40 other states: tougher standards for students, and big changes for those who look after them. After adopting the CCSS in 2010, state-specific standards, known as the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS), were formulated in compliance with the CCSS.  

In concert with this, Maryland devised the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) with an eye toward fair, rigorous, and accurate measurement of progress for all K-12 public school students.  However, the era of MSA testing was short-lived and is coming to a close as new assessments in alignment with the MCCRS are preparing for rollout. 

Working closely with the Maryland State Department of Education, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) created a suite of standardized tests for Maryland's students. The 2014-2015 school year saw the full rollout of the PARCC tests in Maryland, and the state is now full steam ahead with its latest battery of student assessments.  

What do parents, students, teachers and administrators need to know about these tests? The five facts below might give you a bit of insight, along with a few surprises.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know about Kentucky's K-PREP Exams

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 15, 2015 3:01:00 PM

 

 Back in 2009, the Kentucky General Assembly called for a new academic assessment system via Senate Bill 1 (SB 1). Thus was born a battery of standardized tests known as the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP), which supplanted the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) during the 2011-2012 school year. 

This was much more than a simple name change, and in fact represented a seismic shift throughout the state's education community. Alignment with the Common Core meant tougher standards and a deeper level of assessment, and K-PREP's ability to test the students was itself put to the test. 

Several years hence, it is still in effect in Kentucky's K-12 public schools and continues to shape statewide education, from broad policymaking to classroom-level instruction. Yet what do we really know about this new series of assessments that inform public education across the state of Kentucky? 

Here are five things you might not already know about KY’s K-PREP exams:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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