Tag: Data Systems

Aligning Assessments to Common Core


June 25th, 2012

Even as we continue to analyze the latest round of DCAS data and await detailed school-by-school results, work is underway on the future Delaware state assessment. One of two multi-state assessment consortia formed in the wake of Race to the Top, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is developing ELA and math assessments that are...


Bring Out the Game Film!

News, Policy and Practice

May 25th, 2012

A while back, I watched one of the sessions coach John Gruden conducted with then NFL quarterback prospect Andrew Luck in which they dissected game film and I got to thinking: Why don’t we do this as educators? For sports, this makes sense - we all know that football and basketball are games of inches where teams practice more than they play in...


It’s Time to Follow the Doctor’s Orders: The Work of Atul Gawande

Policy and Practice

March 30th, 2012

As a graduate student, my education practicum professor highly recommended Atul Gawande’s work, highlighting its relevance to the reforms currently underway, particularly through Race to the Top. While initially skeptical, it was quickly apparent that my professor was on to something – and it looks like the education world is starting to see...


Let’s Not Just Refine, but Reimagine Accountability


December 21st, 2011

The Department of Education recently released the initial draft of our ESEA waiver application– demonstrating Delaware’s initial vision for next generation accountability while leaving room for input and improvement. Based upon Delaware’s initial draft, we are proposing to: Establish the goal of reducing achievement gaps, among all...