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Sound Basic Education for All; An Action Plan for North Carolina

Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina

WestEd recently completed and submitted a comprehensive research and action plan that is being used to reach consensus on priority actions to transform education in North Carolina and provide a sound basic education for all. The report identifies positive, interdisciplinary actions the state can take immediately and over the next decade to provide necessary foundational opportunities to serve all students.

AccountabilityEquityPolicySchool ImprovementSchools and districtsTeachers and leaders

Elementary Students

Raising the Bar on Instruction: 21st Century Learning Standards

Visit the Raising the Bar website to access research-based tools, resources, and services designed to help teachers transition to college- and career-ready standards.

AccountabilityAssessmentCollege & careerLiteracyMathematics

Cover for Sustaining Core Strength: How Core-to-College States Continue Alignment Efforts Between K–12 and Higher Education

Research on Alignment Efforts Between K-12 & Higher Education

Learn how K-12, higher education systems collaborate for successful college- and career-readiness standards implementation.

AccountabilityAssessmentCommon CoreResearch and evaluationResourceStandards

Including Recently Arrived English Learners in State Accountability Systems: An Empirical Illustration of Models

Recently Arrived English Learners and State Accountability Systems

How can states best serve recently arrived English learner students in state accountability systems? Find out in this new resource.

AccountabilityEnglish learnersEquityResourceSchools and districts

Cover The Road Ahead for State Assessments: What the Assessment Consortia Built, Why It Matters, and Emerging Options

Exploring the Changing Landscape of State Assessment

This resource explores the changing landscape of state assessment, from Race to the Top to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Cover Innovative Solutions for Including Recently Arrived English Learners in State Accountability Systems: A Guide for States

Including Recently Arrived English Learners in State Accountability Systems: New Resource

Guidelines help states factor in recently arrived English learner students into state assessment and accountability systems.

AccountabilityAssessmentEnglish learnersEquityPolicyResourceSchools and districtsStandards

Adults performing professional development

Join WestEd at the California Educational Research Association (CERA) Annual Conference

WestEd researchers will present at the CERA Annual Conference, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Sacramento, CA.

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WestEd in the News

New Accountability System Must Measure All Priority Areas (Commentary)

Accountability happens when parents and students have access to information and understand the challenges facing their schools.

AccountabilityCollege & careerFamily engagementSchool climateSchools and districts

WestEd in the News

Dan Walters: Big Waves Pounding on California Schools

Survey of teachers and administrators on Common Core implementation in California reveals differing opinions about effectiveness.

AccountabilityCommon CorePolicySchools and districtsStandards