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Scaling up performance assessment in RI
We are excited to announce that CCE's Quality Performance Assessment team will be renewing its partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), launching the initiative, Scaling Up Proficiency by Graduation (Scaling Up PBG), this June. During our first year of work, we enabled school districts to improve their performance assessment systems to increase cognitive rigor, teacher ownership and student agency in meeting the demands of the state's Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR). 

In this next phase, we will build a network of Rhode Island secondary schools to participate in a robust professional development experience, working together to develop and implement quality common performance assessments as part of the state's PBGR policy. Rhode Islands's PBGR policy is a statewide effort to ensure access for all middle and high school students to high quality, personalized learning opportunities and pathways. 

Scaling Up PBG will enable teacher leaders, building administrators, and school officials within the participating schools to move their PBGR work forward in their respective school(s) and to serve as resources for neighboring school districts through collaboration and sharing of best practices. By design, this QPA program model encourages participants to think dynamically about assessment in order to scale up the work throughout the entire state. 

This initiative is generously funded by the Rhode Island Foundation

QPA Summer Institute 2015

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Do you know that CCE hosts an annual Summer Institute for teachers, administrators and district professionals who want to learn more about Quality Performance Assessment? During the four-day conference,participants will engage collaboratively to build their knowledge and skills in the design, facilitation and implementation of performance assessments. The registration deadline of Friday, June 19 is fast approaching.

 

Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute 2015

July 13-16, 2015 

Simmons College, Boston, MA

 

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Engaging the community in the future of Boston's schools

In early May, CCE Executive Director Dan French co-facilitated a group discussion among Boston educators, parents and students about the future of the city's high schools. The event was the second in a four-part discussion series launched by Mayor Marty Walsh as part of a larger community feedback process.

 

Dan, who will be involved in the entire series, expressed the need for high schools to transition to a model that emphasizes different skills than rote memorization - instead focusing on 21st century skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and creativity. "What does education look like to produce learners in all of those areas?" he asked of the audience. "And to get everyone there - not just some of the kids." In the feedback from participants, key themes emerged including more focus on life skills, more hand-on learning, and more learning pathways tailored to the specific needs of students. 

Upcoming ILN Webinar- register today! 

Interested in learning more about CCE's performance assessment work with the Innovation Lab Network?

 

Join us for a complimentary webinar, Laying the Foundation for Performance Assessment: Lessons Learned from the Innovation Lab Network Pilot in New England, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. EST.

 

Learn more and register.

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