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Human-Centered Learning and Student Agency: “Think Big, Start Small and Act Fast”

Authentic, impactful, goal-oriented learning experiences require ongoing collaboration and guidance from educators.

Published: July 21, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Student Feedback and Reflection: Essentials in this Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Classroom

Building opportunities for student feedback into the learning process means students are learning from each other, not just their teacher.

Published: May 13, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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How One Math Teacher is Building Student Ownership in the Classroom

Student reflection, self-checking and conferencing ensure this middle school teacher has what she needs to meet students where they are.

Published: April 22, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Redefining Instructional Hours to Promote Systemic Innovation

To allow the district to implement new learning-centric strategies effectively Mahtomedi Public Schools needs to remove barriers, including redefining instructional...

Published: April 15, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
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Educator Development is Worth Paying Attention To: New Resource and Customizable Toolkit to Help

Doing things differently in education is no longer optional, and this new resource can help school leaders and teachers.

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Personalized Learning and Priority Standards in a Middle School Math Classroom

Rhonda Rose is using priority standards and learning pathways to ensure each of her students gets what they need to...

Published: February 16, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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How Prioritizing Standards Prioritizes What Students Already Know – and What They Need to Learn Next

How a fresh approach to standards in one district is supporting students to reach mastery no matter where they begin...

Published: January 11, 2021
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Impact and Improvement
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Words Matter: How Utah is Updating Education Policy to Signal the Future of Learning in the State

How can a simple change of phrase lead to a change in accountability systems? See how Utah implemented changes, all...

Published: August 27, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
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Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: Accountability

Did COVID-19 create an accountability pause or a reset? Lillian Pace explores traditional accountability methods and what will need to...

Published: July 28, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
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Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: K-12 Assessments

Are annual accountability assessments a thing of the past?

Published: July 21, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
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State Guidance for Building Resilient and Equitable Education Systems

This guidance was created to help education policymakers and stakeholders take short- and long-term action to create resilient, equitable education...

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Equity and Access to Reading in Distance Learning

How are KnowledgeWorks learning communities providing access to books and encouraging a healthy relationship to reading during COVID-19?

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The Stories You Loved from 2019

Here are your favorites stories from 2019.

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Analysis and Reflections on Student Outcome Data in RSU2

KnowledgeWorks sponsored RAND Education and Labor to conduct analyses of RSU2 student outcomes over the past decade.

Published: November 27, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Impact and Improvement
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Student Self-Assessment Boosts Learner Agency at FlexTech

Student self-assessment leads to greater self-awareness and ownership of learning in this Michigan district.

Published: November 4, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Standards-Based Grading as Explained by Cupcakes

This teacher has a delicious approach for helping explain the difference between a 1, 2, 3 and a 4.

Published: August 9, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Can Competency-Based Education Close Achievement Gaps? Try These Seven Classroom Strategies.

Competency-based education has the potential to close achievement gaps.

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Students in Louisville Creating a Virtual Collection of Learning Artifacts Throughout Their Education

The Backpack of Success Skills initiative in Louisville provides a digital platform that allows students to submit and document learning.

Published: May 22, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Illustrating Proficiency Grading Levels: 1234 Versus ABCDF

At the Early Childhood Center in Kenowa Hills, Michigan, posters help explain proficiency grading levels.

Published: April 30, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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What Does a Rigorous Task Look Like?

The more complex a problem is and the more reasoning required to get to a solution, the deeper the level...

Published: March 27, 2019
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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Proficiency Scales vs. Traditional Grades: One Teacher’s Perspective

A traditional rubric doesn’t leave room for the kinds of critical feedback students need to achieve success.

Published: November 29, 2018
Topics: Assessment and Accountability
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More Than Test Scores: How One School’s Culture of Data Honors All Learners

A middle school principal created data binders for every teacher for every one of their students to help personalize planning...

Published: October 2, 2018
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Vision and Culture
Answering Questions About Competency-Based Education Transcripts

A transcript from a personalized, competency-based system looks different, but ALSO is a a truly accurate reflection of what a...

Published: May 15, 2018
Topics: 101, Assessment and Accountability
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Assessment in a Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Environment

In a personalized, competency-based learning environment, the purpose of assessment is no longer just to determine what students know or...

Published: May 8, 2018
Topics: Assessment and Accountability