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Response to Intervention: An Alternative to Traditional Eligibility Criteria for Students with Disabilities

This report describes and provides a review of the research on a learning model called Response to Intervention (RTI). Under this model, student performance data are gathered frequently and immediately made available to teachers, psychologists and others to evaluate the instruction strategies being used and spur modifications if need be.

Sampling of Articles: Students Object to Standardized Testing

While many students take standardized tests to meet graduation requirements, or simply because they’re told by adults that they must take the test, some conscientious objectors have emerged. This document summarizes their reasons, as reported in an admittedly unscientific sampling of newspaper articles from across the nation.

Brief Survey of 21st Century Skills

What are "21st Century Skills?" Who has articulated them? And, what sorts of assessments exist to measure them? What relationship does the NEA have to all of this? This memo explores some of these questions.

Measuring Quality in Health Care and Education

In health care, as in education, there is pressure to increase revenue. In K-12 this results from a need to improve quality; in health care, from a need to expand access. Like clinics and hospitals, K-12 districts seeking additional revenue like to say "my cases are tougher." Walt McClure describes techniques for measuring quality that show major differences in effectiveness among the 'producers'.