February 2017

Market Notes

We are in the 5th decade of using assessment data to support decision-making in our schools on critical factors such as intervention, instructional improvement and professional development. Technology-enabled extraction and computation techniques have never been this proficient. Yet datasets continue to grow exponentially. Last fall, 50.4 million students in the United States were expected to enroll in 98,000 public elementary and secondary schools. Another 5 million students joined the 33,600 private schools across the country. This enrollment represents a vast amount of data.

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Reykdal Pushes For Better K-12 Results

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal may prove a force to be reckoned with, as state lawmakers look to address funding inequities - and presumably, performance - in Washington’s K-12 basic education system.


2016: The year in K-12 education

Statewide tours by Kansas Education Commissioner Watson and State Board members drew widespread enthusiasm at the (moderate) reduction in testing under the new federal ESSA that replaces No Child Left Behind.


Aurora Lawmaker's Bill Could Change High School Testing

Currently, Colorado high school freshmen are required to take the PARCC test in English language arts and math, but Todd wants to give districts the option of offering the PSAT, ACT Aspire or an equivalent test in lieu of the CMAS assessment


Assessment: Section 4: Measuring for Learning

Goal: At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning.