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E.g., 2022-10
Reports & Report Series

Student Engagement in Assessments: What Students and Teachers Find Engaging

Soung Bae, Kari Kokka

Guidance for educators, assessment developers, and policymakers on increasing student engagement in performance-based assessments.


Articles & Chapters

Building Teacher and School Capacity to Teach to Ambitious Standards in High-Poverty Schools

Elizabeth Leisy Stosich

Details of a district professional development initiative designed to support teachers in meeting the goals of Common Core State Standards.


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Turning Around Schools: The National Board Certification Process as a School Improvement Strategy

Ann Jaquith, Jon Snyder, Travis Bristol

How the National Board certification process can be used as a school improvement strategy and support enriched teaching.


Tools & Infographics

Task Development Guidelines with Engagement Considerations for Item Writers

Soung Bae, Kari Kokka

This tool provides specific guidelines for incorporating Engagement Dimensions and the required Task Features into performance tasks to support students’ ability to create meaning and cognitively invest in the task. Engaging tasks generally incorporate at lease three Engagement Dimensions and must include both Task Features: Clear Purpose and Clear Expectations


Engagement Toolkit for Performance Task Writers, Reviewers, and Evaluators

Soung Bae , Kari Kokka

This three-part toolkit is designed to be an aid for creating performance tasks that are engaging to all students of diverse backgrounds.


Tools & Infographics

Review Tool with Engagement Considerations for Item Reviewers/Evaluators

Soung Bae, Kari Kokka

The review tool allows reviewers and evaluators to review tasks to ensure that they are created with engagement in mind for all students. In addition to scoring Engagement Dimensions and Task Features, the tool provides guidelines for evaluation and prompts for suggested modifications

Reports & Report Series

Student Engagement: A Framework for On-demand Performance Assessment Tasks

Catherine Taylor, Kari Kokka, Linda Darling-Hammond, Jack Dieckmann, Vivian Santana Pacheco, Susan Sandler, Soung Bae

Engaging students in meaningful applications of their knowledge is a key aspect of both addressing the standards and providing greater access. Not only do the standards emphasize the importance of meaningful engagement in real-world tasks, but evidence shows that engagement is strongly related to student performance on assessment tasks, especially for students who have been typically less advantaged in school settings.

Tools & Infographics

Dimensions of Engagement: Definitions and Ways to Incorporate

Soung Bae, Kari Kokka

This tool defines seven engagement dimensions such as collaboration and self-assessment. It provides suggestions and examples for incorporating each dimension into assessment tasks. For each dimension, the tool provides questions to consider and appended performance tasks as examples

Articles & Chapters

Relating Aspects of Motivation to Facets of Mathematical Competence Varying in Cognitive Demand

Melissa Gilbert

Research on student motivation and performance on mathematical tasks relevant to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.


Reports & Report Series

Promising Practices: A Literature Review of Technology Use by Underserved Students

Molly B. Zielezinski , Linda Darling-Hammond

This literature review focuses on promoting positive outcomes of student technology use and digital learning experiences.


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Teaching for a Changing World: The Graduates of Bank Street College of Education – Case Studies

Sam Intrator, Ira Lit, Soyoung Park

These case studies examine what the Bank Street developmental-interaction approach looks like in practice. 


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Teaching for a Changing World: The Graduates of Bank Street College of Education – Full Series

Ira Lit, Linda Darling-Hammond,, Jon Snyder, Eileen Horng, Sam Intrator, , Soyoung Park, and Xinhua Zheng

This series examines a developmental-interaction approach that places learning at the fore of the teacher’s consciousness. 


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Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

Linda Darling-Hammond, Soung Bae, Channa M. Cook-Harvey, Livia Lam, Charmaine Mercer, Anne Podolsky, Elizabeth Leisy Stosich

This report examines options available to states for redefining their accountability systems as they begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).



Global Education Reform

Frank Adamson, Björn Åstrand, and Linda Darling-Hammond (Editors)

This book documents the ideologically and educationally distinctive approaches countries around the world have taken to structuring their education systems.


Reports & Report Series

Redesigning School Accountability and Support: Progress in Pioneering States

Channa M. Cook-Harvey, Elizabeth Leisy Stosich

Cook-Harvey and Stosich document the progress made by the 51st State Working Group in transforming accountability systems.


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Maximizing the Use of New State Professional Learning Investments to Support Student, Educator, and School System Growth

Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond, Ann Jaquith

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) introduce two documents to help California schools best utilize professional learning money to support learning around the newly adopted state academic standards.

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Community Schools as an Effective Strategy for Reform

Julia Daniel , Jon David Snyder

Research literature finds that community school models offering various agreed-upon features provide an excellent social return on investment and significant promise for providing opportunities for learning and promoting well-being in students and communities.

Reports & Report Series

Growing a Waldorf-Inspired Approach in a Public School District

Diane Friedlaender, Kyle Beckham, Xinhua Zheng, and Linda Darling-Hammond

This report details specific practices and student outcomes of a Waldorf-inspired approach at a public K-8 school of choice in Sacramento.


Reports & Report Series

Mapping the Development of Conditions for Collaborative Learning in School Communities of Practice

Ann Jaquith , Sandy Dean, Jon Snyder, Silver White

This guide depicts collaborative learning in schools and is designed to be a resource to help educators strengthen the quality of collaboration.


Tools & Infographics

Mapping the Development of Conditions for Collaborative Learning in School Communities of Practice

Ann Jaquith, Sandy Dean, Jon Snyder, Silver White

Developing and leading collaborative communities of practice within schools, where learning genuinely occurs, can be difficult and uncertain work. This tool provides offers a map and guidelines to guide school teams in this challenging work as they forge, grow and sustain the conditions that can support continuous learning for instructional improvement.