Join WestEd for February webinars designed to support efforts to build coherent and responsive systems that support student learning.
Read Yesenia Ayala’s insights on supporting students in building their learner agency and check out WestEd resources for understanding assessment and accountability initiatives across the country.
Learn more about the Formative Insights team’s presentations at the 2023 Aurora Institute Symposium. November’s newsletter also showcases new WestEd tools designed to support state agency work around school accountability.
Read about current WestEd work that focuses on making assessments more student-centered and informative for instructional decisions. October’s newsletter also highlights a new resource for supporting English learners who may need special education services.
Learn more about WestEd services and tools for bolstering classroom learning systems, including insights for strengthening the relationships between standards, instruction, and assessment.
In preparation for the start of a new school year, August’s newsletter showcases new WestEd guides and tools that support content instruction and safe school environments.
July’s newsletter highlights tools and guidance recently devleoped by WestEd content experts and researchers. These tools and guidance are designed to support school staff and leadership with a range of assessment and instruction initiatives.
Looking for support in understanding different assessment types and their instructional uses? Take a look at the May newsletter, which highlights WestEd tools and services focused on assessment.
April’s newsletter showcases new resources for understanding student data, including a set of briefs from Bellwether that focus on understanding statewide standardized assessment data. Also in this newsletter is an opportunity to support WestEd’s Formative Insights team.
In this newsletter, readers will find resources for supporting multilingual students in the classroom, as well as supports for using multiple sources of data to inform instructional decisions.
This newsletter highlights news that WestEd will be operating the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) and the Data Integration Support Center.
January’s newsletter spotlights the State of the States interactive tool, which provides insights into state policies and initiatives related to student learning, assessment, and high school graduation.
A range of resources developed by WestEd experts are highlighted, with focus on developing supportive and nurturing learning environments for students and school staff.
November’s newsletter highlights WestEd’s Formative Insights team and their selection as one of HundrED’s 100 most impactful global educational innovations.
In this newsletter, WestEd features experts that are providing resources and guidance that engages all students and supports students in developing their learning engagement and agency.
The August newsletter highlights research-based resources that are designed to support schools with developing instructional practices that reach diverse students. Resources include guidance for culturally responsive data literacy and supports for developing culturally responsive instruction that is reflective of Native American students.
Watch WestEd Formative Assessment Expert Nancy Gerzon discuss the Formative Insights team’s innovative professional learning approach in a recording from HundrED. July’s newsletter also highlights a resource for implemented student-centered learning approaches to empower students.
WestEd is excited to highlight the Formative Insights team, who was identified by HundrED and Jacobs Foundation as an innovative formative assessment initiative. June’s newsletter also spotlights WestEd services and media presenting innovative approaches to education and health development issues.
For May, CSAA highlights WestEd research and tools that support educators and leaders in revisiting and revising assessment and accountability practices. This includes support for developing culturally and linguistically responsive assessment tools and designing formative assessment practices that collect actionable data for instruction.
For readers looking for assessment-related supports, April’s newsletter shares guidance and tools developed to support a variety of users. This includes a communication toolkit for sharing information on the value of testing, guidance for developing and using strengths-based assessment rubrics, and suggestions for analyzing assessment data impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
March’s newsletter highlights the Formative Insights team, including their work being shortlisted in a HundrED/Jacobs Foundation initiative focused on formative assessment innovations from across the world. Joanne Jensen’s work in early grade assessments is also highlighted in this newsletter.
CSAA highlights the updated Formative Insights: Assessment for Learning Spotlight, which includes new resources and case studies highlighting design and implementation of formative assessment practices. The January newsletter also showcases new services that support professional learning around formative assessment practices.
Formative assessment supports are the focus of this newsletter, highlighting WestEd services for building educator and leader capacity to understand and implement practices that encourage students to take active roles in their learning.
This newsletter highlights WestEd services for rigorous data analysis in support of instructional decision-making. WestEd is ready to support states and districts with using data to inform student-centered assessment and accountability practices.
Focused on services and resources for reviewing and redesigning assessment and accountability systems, this newsletter focuses on how WestEd supports states and districts with improvement efforts.
This newsletter highlights new WestEd services supporting states, districts and schools in designing and implementing curricular, assessment, and data analysis supports. Also included is an article to support students’ development of writing skills in different content areas.
September’s newsletter highlights WestEd experts’ insights into timely educational issues: retaining teachers in rural school districts, engaging students in virtual learning formats, and strengthening professional learning for educators in preparation for content framework changes.
In preparation for the next school year, July’s newsletter shares resources for analyzing student performance data for instruction and for utilizing formative assessment practices to increase students’ learning agency.
June’s newsletter highlights a number of WestEd services designed to support state, district, and school staff in understanding summative and formative assessment practices and adapting them for different classroom contexts.
WestEd support and resources for increasing understanding of Smarter Balanced performance tasks and analyzing student responses to these tasks are highlighted. The newsletter also points readers to upcoming online professional development opportunities for educators and leaders working with English learner students.
This newsletter highlights resources that support development of student-focused learning environments, including guidance for school leadership that supports formative assessment practices and an overview of current state initiatives to implement ethnic studies into content standards.
To support ongoing work related to designing and utilizing rigorous, high-quality content standards and assessment tools, this newsletter highlights CSAA tools that can be adapted and used in a variety of educational contexts.
WestEd experts have developed guidance and tools to continue supporting educators working in distance and hybrid learning models, including a new series designed to support the use of formative assessment practices.
This newsletter highlights WestEd work focused on supporting formative assessment practices in the classroom and CSAA tools for implementing new or revised content standards and analyzing assessment systems.
September 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter showcases WestEd-developed resources that focus on research-based assessment practices and professional learning for integrating these practices into schools.
August 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on educator resources and tools designed to support multilingual and English learner students during distance learning.
May 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter highlights resources for developing instruction and assessment plans that support student learning.