The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners

edCount president Dr. Ellen Forte and a team of edCount associates co-authored this comprehensive manual about serving English learners, released…

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edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic present Longitudinal Data Use Research Alliance

In February 2014, edCount joined forces with ICF and DataSmith Solutions through the Regional Educational Laboratories Mid-Atlantic to launch the Longitudinal Data Use Research Alliance (LDURA). LDURA consists of representatives from state and local education agencies in the mid-Atlantic states and other stakeholders who have a significant interest in data use. edCount guides the alliance in maximizing the use of longitudinal data in the region by facilitating collaboration among participants to review, discuss, implement, and disseminate innovative uses for longitudinal data at the state and local level. edCount and LDURA use research and applied analytics to discover useful performance indicators and trends that improve common practices, programs, or behaviors that affect student achievement.

LDURA follows edCount’s 2013 REL-MA Data Governance Workshop Series, solidifying edCount’s status as a trusted leader in longitudinal data use.

For more information on how edCount and LDURA are building data capacity across the mid-Atlantic region, visit the LDURA website by clicking here.

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Instructional Sensitivity Conference -- November 13-15, 2013

international instructional sensitivity conf slideshowgraphic fin 0The Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI), the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE), edCount, and Renaissance Learning are presenting the Instructional Sensitivity Conference from November 13-15 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

When tests are instructionally sensitive, higher scores can be interpreted as indicators of greater learning due to better teaching. Conversely, lower scores represent less learning due to poorer teaching. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that large-scale assessments lack the levels of instructional sensitivity needed for valid and trustworthy accountability decisions at the classroom, school, district, state, and national levels. If so, this would pose serious problems for a variety of initiatives, including state waivers, common-core assessments, and teacher evaluation systems. The ultimate goal of the First International Conference on Instructional Sensitivity is to create a critical mass of interest and concern for the issue of instructional sensitivity.

The conference will feature noted experts, authorities, and personalities addressing research related to instructional sensitivity and issues from multiple perspectives. The presentations, discussions, and debates will interest not only researchers but also publishers, practitioners, and policymakers.

To learn more, click here.

To register, click here. Please note: registration for this conference closes on November 1, 2013.