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DICEs - Data Suite

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Dynamic Indicators of Core Expectations (DICEs) are a suite of 3 indices which support a range of decisions for 1st-12th graders throughout their school careers: DIVAs (Dynamic Indicators of Vocabulary Acquisition) DIREs (Dynamic Indicators of Reading Expectations) DIMEs (Dynamic Indicators of Math Expectations) DICEs academic vital signs serve as a safety net to help ensure strong learning trajectories for evey child throughout their school career.  DICEs may satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) student accountability data requirements and may be readily administered by teachers and other school personnel. DICEs benchmarks may be administered every Fall, Winter, and Spring, or monthly, to seamlessly document how well cohorts of 1st-12th grade students are developing pivotal skills and knowledge needed throughout their school careers. The purpose of DICEs benchmark goals of DICEs benchmark goals is to provide a means of gauging the progress of all students toward meaningful annual achievement outcomes relative to both their baseline performance at the start of each school year, and, grade level expectations. Use of DICEs for this purpose serves to resolve concerns widely expressed by school personnel and the general public relative to use ofhigh stakes—and often questionably valid—tests. DICEs afford no stakes opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning and achievement trends in any subject over time. This priority supports AFT'shistorical call for data which “assist in determining whether the system is working effectively—versus sorting ‘winners from losers’—and in ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at the next level of schooling [and] serve to trigger assistance to those students who would otherwise fall through the cracks [and] identify students who are having a hard time meeting the standards, and ensure that struggling students get the help they need—and get it early.” (Making Standard Matter, 2001). 

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