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  • Resources on Testing and School Accountability

    Standardized tests play a dominant role in school accountability systems in the U.S. These resources focus on how testing data can be used and interpreted in an accountability context.

  • Literacy Ladders

    This curated collection of essays for early childhood educators and others examines the research on increasing young children's language, knowledge, and reading comprehension.

  • Measuring School Settings: The Preschool Educational Environment Rating System

    The Preschool Educational Environment Rating System (PEERS), designed for use by practitioners as well as administrators, is a method for examining the quality of instruction in preschool settings. Unlike most other rating scales, it not only measures the environment, it also examines both how teachers construct their classroom for instruction and the quality of the enactment of instruction.




  • Trust: The Foundation Of Student Achievement

    Those who advocate for an overly strong focus on testing results in accountability systems often ignore the potential of social-relational and other contextual measures to help schools improve.
  • The Purpose And Potential Impact Of The Common Core

    The primary purpose of standards is to specify what students should know, not to generate short term student achievement gains; Common Core supporters should stop implying otherwise.
  • Knowledge For Literacy

    Professor Marilyn Jager Adams discusses the primary takeaways from her new Shanker Institute anthology about how educators can raise students’ language and literacy skills to levels that enable them to understand and gain from complex texts.