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Webinar - Listening to and Learning from Teachers: Results from Teacher Focus Groups on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments

Author(s): CEP
Published: October 18, 2016


Webinar: Listening to and Learning from Teachers

Results from Teacher Focus Groups on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments

Tuesday, October 18, 1-2 p.m. EDT

The Center on Education Policy (CEP) conducted a webinar that highlighted findings from CEP's newest report, Listening to and Learning from Teachers. CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson and Deputy Executive Director Diane Stark Rentner lead a discussion about teachers' experiences with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments, as well as policy recommendations for supporting educators in their work with the Common Core.

 The report summarizes the results of five focus groups with public elementary school teachers from school districts in Illinois, Delaware, Wisconsin and Utah. A majority of teachers expressed generally positive views about the standards but said more work is needed to make student data from the new assessments more helpful to teachers.

 The webinar reviewed focus group results and included discussion of how states and districts can support educators in their work with the CCSS and related assessments.

Below, you can view the video and download the webinar's PowerPoint presentation. 


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Webinar Power Point (PPTX format, 640 KB)

NAEP Data: Beat Reporters' Secret Weapon

Author(s): CEP
Published: August 9, 2016

Most education reporters at one time or another write stories related to NAEP,  the National Assessment of Educational Progress. To help them better understand the unique aspects pf NAEP and take advantage of the rich data pool that NAEP offers, CEP joined forced with the Education Writers' Association (EWA) to host a reporter-focused webinar on making the most of NAEP.

This 60-minute webinar will help anyone who wants to better understand NAEP and gain practical tips for tapping this rich trove of student achievement data and detailed survey results from students, teachers, and schools. Experts from CEP and EWA explain the fundamentals of NAEP, its uses and misuses, explain how to navigate the NAEP Data Explorer website, and answer audience questions. 

Maria Ferguson, Executive Director of the Center on Education Policy (CEP)
Nancy Kober, Senior Editor, CEP
Mikhail Zinshteyn, Program Manager, EWA

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