Making Assessment Meaningful with the OECD Test for Schools

By Abner Oakes and Kristen Loschert PISA provides important country-level information about how a nation’s fifteen-year-olds perform relative to their peers worldwide; however, its sample size is too small to create actionable data for superintendents, principals, and teachers to develop strategies for improving student learning outcomes. To leverage PISA in their classrooms, schools can turn

By | 2017-06-16T16:54:41+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Deeper Learning and Mathematics Instruction 

By Abner Oakes A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers... and How PISA Can Help Answer Them, organizes key findings from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 and the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 into a set of questions teachers can

By | 2017-07-06T20:51:58+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A “Softer” Side to Deeper Learning: Building Students’ Social-Emotional Skills

By Donique Reid The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has grown within the education field as a means of preparing students adequately for college and a career. Although the exact definition of SEL varies, SEL generally refers to how students “manage emotions and deal with traumas in order to persist in their academic

By | 2017-03-22T22:30:57+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Making an Impact: One District’s Approach to Deeper Learning

As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (the Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools are fostering deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Chad Ratliff, director of instruction for Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia, to discuss his efforts to bring Maker-centered work to the district and its connections with

By | 2017-06-21T11:18:43+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

New NAEP Test Taps Deeper Learning Competencies

Effective assessment is the logical outcome of any approach to teaching and learning, as it is critically important to measure the efficacy of instruction and adjust teaching when necessary. A new lineage of digital assessments takes fuller advantage of the medium, allowing such measurement to happen more quickly, more easily, and more deeply. As former

By | 2017-07-06T20:33:51+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Supporting Deeper Learning at Early College High Schools

“How does slang reflect our culture?” asked Sean Kennedy, a history teacher at Bard High School Early College Baltimore (BHSECB). Many hands went up in his classroom. The students were eager to talk and soon engaged in a rollicking conversation as Kennedy explained that the class would study the 1920s in the United States through

By | 2017-07-06T20:45:22+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Categories: ESSA, Uncategorized|

A Look Inside the Classroom: Strategies That Impede Deeper Learning

By Donique Reid   A new wave of college- and career-ready standards promote the use of close reading to advance opportunities for student-led argumentation. According to the National Governor’s Association, “Argument is at the heart of critical thinking and academic discourse; it is the kind of writing students need to know for success in college

By | 2016-05-11T16:41:52+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Categories: ESSA, Uncategorized|

Sharing the Way to Deeper Learning Outcomes: The Potential of OER

By Donique Reid and Abner Oakes This is a pivotal time for supporters of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement as the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has signaled its commitment to having free and accessible materials for every educator and student in the country. ED’s #GoOpen campaign is a powerful call to states, districts,

By | 2016-02-26T14:34:54+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |