December 2012 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, Assessment Consortia, Student Surveys, and Multi‐State Advocacy Groups

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In this month's Education Insider, insiders weigh in on the progress of the Common Core assessment consortia, the use of student surveys in teacher evaluations, and the state of education advocacy organizations. Highlights from the survey include:
  • Insiders continue to be skeptical of the Common Core assessment consortia—especially the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. In addition, 67% of Insiders think that the PARCC consortium will not succeed in establishing a common cut score across states on its assessments and 76% of Insiders believe the same thing about SBAC.
  • Insiders are not very familiar with the research about using student surveys as a component of teacher evaluation but see promise in the idea.
  • Among state advocacy groups Insiders give especially high marks to Education Trust, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and 50CAN across several dimensions.
  • On regular tracking issues Insiders are pessimistic about the prospects for ESEA reauthorization--only 15% of Insiders believe ESEA will be reauthorized by this time next year. Insiders remain split on job approval of the Obama Administration on education. Approval for Congress remains very low. 


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