The Kingsbury Center is excited to introduce our interactive Data Gallery - a place where visitors can explore the data that we use in our research and gain research-based insights on important education topics. Each exhibit in the gallery includes a video overview of the topic, interactive data visualizations using data from the study, and links to other studies and blog posts relevant to the topic. There is also space for visitors to leave comments, ask questions, and share - please let us know what you think about the exhibits! Go to http://kingsburycenter.org/gallery to visit the gallery!
John Cronin will present "Measuring and Modeling Growth in a High Stakes Environment, What Every Educator Needs to Know" at NWEA's annual Fusion conference in Portland, Oregon on June 29th.
As schools have expanded their use of growth measures, we see increasing pressure to use growth data for high-stakes purposes, such as performance evaluation and performance pay. This presentation introduces educators to the measurement questions and issues that must be addressed as schools consider moving into this area. You can check out the presentation here.
We're giving a lot of presentations lately on the use of value-added measures in teacher evaluation. This obviously has legal implications and we're getting more questions about these kinds of issues. There are a number of good blogs on education and the law, but I've come to rely on edjurist.com as a personal source on these matters. While the blog covers the whole range of legal questions schools face, they've done some particularly good writing in this area.
John Cronin is presenting at the Colorado Assessment Summit in Grand Junction on June 13 and Littleton on June 14. As schools expand their use of growth measures, educators are seeing increased pressure to use growth data for high-stakes purposes, such as performance evaluation and pay for performance. This presentation introduces educators to the measurement questions and issues that must be addressed as schools consider moving into this area. The session will also discuss the use of the Colorado Growth Model with NWEA assessments. Go here for a copy of the presentation.
Education Sector just put out an interesting paper called Growth Models and Accountability: A Recipe for Remaking ESEA that talks about an issue that’s important to the Kingsbury Center: how to balance performance and growth levels to determine what progress students and schools are making.
The authors describe the process of incorporating growth models into the federal accountability structure of NCLB, and highlight the reasons why some of the state pilot programs to incorporate growth haven’t made a big change in AYP rates. They give a good explanation of the Colorado Growth Model, and also have four recommendations for moving forward that I find very clear and compelling, even if they’ve been said before. Below is my summary from their report.
Please welcome our guest blogger Dan Ryan! Dan Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Schools Foundation in Portland, OR.
About this time each year I start to get that feeling. You know the one. The sun returns, the days stretch longer into evening, and that sinking sense of freedom slowly settles in. Summer is on its way. But for a lot of the young people in my north Portland neighborhood—and across the country—summer doesn’t hold the same promises it held for me as a kid: art camps, sports practice, family vacations, trips to the library, and steady summer jobs every year since I was fourteen. Instead, without the stimulation and structure of school, summers can become defined by boredom, anxiety, and risky behaviors. Academic skills slip away, unused for months on end. Compounded over years, summer learning loss accounts for up to two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap.
The Kingsbury Center at NWEA is seeking applicants for a Research Specialist position. The person in this postion will serve to enhance the capabilities of the Kingsbury Center to provide research support to the organization and its member agencies.
Please welcome our guest blogger Mark Fries! Mark is the Senior Interactive Marketing Manager at NWEA.
The interactive conference at South by Southwest (SxSW) is always a good time. I work in interactive marketing and as I remarked to a co-worker, every time I go I feel like I’ve found my tribe. One of the themes that presented itself time and time again was data. We are collecting more of it than ever and using it to create what we hope are meaningful experiences for our users, customers and prospects. The question is not should you be collecting data but rather what data is the most meaningful and how should it be used to influence experience. In sessions such as How to Personalize Without Being Creepy, Privacy vs. Relevancy: Who Smells the Tension? and Tech vs. Creative? Quality Requires Both, industry experts, practitioners and thought-leaders debated the pros and cons of data usage in marketing communications. As I participated, I was struck over and over again by how the personalization movement diminishes one of the facets of the internet I most enjoy – serendipity.
Check out our updated "Our Mission" page, where you will find two videos that highlight many of NWEA's staff members and their thoughts about why the Kingsbury Center was established and the key role that Gage Kingsbury has played in the development of a strong research-oriented organization. Click here to see the videos!
This morning the New York Times published an opinion piece called Coming Together to Give Schools a Boost which describes a Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky initiative called Strive that has shown great success in its mission: “bringing people together to improve results for every child, every step of the way, from cradle to career, in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington.”