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New Assessments Narrow Honesty Gap in Reporting Student Proficiency
May 21, 2015
Alabama jumps from the bottom to the top among
“truth-telling” states

The nationally-recognized education reform organization, Achieve, released an analysis of student proficiency scores on state assessments compared to scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), considered a “gold standard” in student assessments. The report’s data show several states – including Alabama – have dramatically narrowed the “Honesty Gap” in recent years between their own results and those from the NAEP.

Achieve’s analysis reveals that under the old Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT), the discrepancy between the percentage of students deemed “proficient” on the ARMT and the NAEP in 4th and 8th grade reading and math was one of the largest in the nation (i.e. students were classified as on or above grade-level in reading or math when in reality they were not). In contrast, using the new ACT Aspire, this discrepancy is so small that the report hails Alabama as a “truth-telling” state. The ACT Aspire was given to 3rd through 8th graders for the first time in 2013-14, replacing the ARMT.
 
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What Do "Educational Best Practices" Look Like? Verbena Students Can Show You
May 21, 2015
A lot of education jargon gets used by the professionals to help explain what works in improving education; high academic standards, aligned assessments, deeper learning for real-life application, team collaboration, etc. But what does it all mean, and what does it really look like?
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Debunking Myths About Alabama's College & Career Ready Standards
May 20, 2015
With continued misinformation being circulated regarding Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, which are based on the Common Core State Standards and modified by Alabama educators, A+ is posting an in-depth "Myth vs. Fact" article with supporting links. Please feel free to share this with anyone who has questions about Alabama's high academic standards, which have been in place since 2010. 
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