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It can often be hard to find positivity in a chaotic world. Our staff reflects on the little things in their communities that are inspiring them and giving them hope for a brighter future.
The Holmes School has fared poorly in past years on the state’s standardized test. However, this assessment is based on a single measure which is most closely correlated with parental income and race. What is going on inside the school is exciting. While most schools experiencing these results might double down on test prep in English language arts and math, the Holmes has chosen a different, radical route.
Accurately measuring the various dimensions of school quality can help education systems improve student and teacher experiences and help stakeholders better understand the elements of school performance. Surveys show that MCIEA's School Quality Measures are making in strides in gauging student and school success in authentic ways.
Both teachers and students will benefit when we make the shift to authentic professional development. Micro-credentials offer an opportunity to recognize and celebrate what teachers are learning, and encourages them to transfer their learning to their students.
To help build a more comprehensive system for measuring school quality that goes beyond test scores, the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Educational Assessment asked people who had a close-up view of what happens day-to-day in schools – teachers, principals, district administrators, family members, and students – what made a good school.
Check out this month’s editions of Eight for Equity! This month, we’re bringing you a special edition of this series, centered around tools, protocols, and frameworks for leading conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion in your school or organization!
The Center for Collaborative Education's staff gathers to explain why they get up every morning to do what they do.