A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

Dec 10th, 2010
Katherine Strunk | 09:19 AM | Assessment & Accountability

RESPONSE: I echo David's disappointment with the evaluation of QEIA. Although the new study does what it can with publicly available aggregate achievement data, the methods and data used in the study do not tell us anything about whether or not QEIA funding helps schools that received the intervention to perform better...

Dec 9th, 2010
David N Plank | 11:48 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Cross-posted from The Sacramento Bee. Published: Thursday, Decebmer 12, 2010

By David N. Plank and Scott Hill

On the football field, a talented quarterback often calls the option play, holding off on the decision to run or pass to the last possible moment. This gives him time to survey...

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Nov 19th, 2010
David N Plank | 08:16 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Let’s get assessment policy right.  California has recently adopted new standards for what children should know and be able to do at every grade level.  To ensure that these new standards support improvement in the performance of schools and students, tie them to assessments that provide timely, accurate, and useful information for teachers and parents about whether and how students are progressing toward...