LFA Updates

New analysis finds U.S. benchmarks are higher than the rest of the world--so U.S. schools are doing much better than rankings show

It has become part of our nation ’s consciousness to say and believe, “ Our schools don ’t do well when we are compared to other nations. ” But that statement is now proven to be a myth. A major new analysis sheds light on common school accountability benchmarks in...

Studies find that highly effective teachers may be concentrated in grades with the most high-stakes testing

A new study released last month raises potential concerns about the ways in which teacher assignment decisions may impact student achievement. The study, which included data from the Miami-Dade County Public School district between 2003-2012, examined whether less-effective teachers were assigned to untested grades, and how those assignments affect students’...
Helping parents and your community understand student assessments and test scores is a recurring challenge--and dreaded exercise--for most educators. The National School Public Relations Association has just released Communication Planning and Strategic Tactics for Releasing High-Stakes Test Scores , published by NSPRA through a grant from the Learning First Alliance...
To take advantage of the educational promise of online assessments, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking); AASA, The School Superintendents Association; and the National School Boards Association have released a new report and planning tool for school leaders. The report, Online Assessment: From Readiness to Opportunity , shares the recent...
Third graders across the country are proving that higher math standards contribute to significant growth. Results from 2015-2016 test scores show that third graders are making really meaningful gains in math, and the Collaborative for Student Success has put together the infographic, below, to show which states have adopted higher...
The Learning First Alliance is joining with EdReports.org and educators at the state and local level for a behind-the-scenes discussion about the importance of aligning instructional materials to college- and career-ready standards. As part of a webinar on Sept. 22, EdReports.org will show how its educator-led reviews are supporting teachers,...
If all goes well, about this time next year the new ESSA roll out in your state will be beginning. It will reflect your local input to your state’s plan and process. Your staff will be on board as they are fully aware of the new approach and have been...
Sandy Boyd, chief operating officer at Achieve, discusses the organization's research around the "honesty gap" – comparing state test results to NAEP scores. Achieve's analysis has revealed gaps in student proficiency levels. This is important, she says, because many parents feel their children are subjected to too many tests but...
By all insider accounts, the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grants program (SSAEG) – Title IV, Part A of the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – is House Education & The Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline’s baby. SSAEG is a large flexible block grant that emerged in the...
Did a relationship ever sour so quickly as the Common Core and public opinion? Back in 2010 when the college- and career-ready standards were shiny and new, leaders from business and higher education as well as a certain U.S. Secretary of Education praised their rigor, coherence and attention to critical...