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Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

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This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

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At Dunn Elementary, kids who are struggling get extra time with second-grade teacher Sarah Bowling. The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a scavenger hunt to find “arrays.”. Closing these gaps was one of the goals of Common Core reform.

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“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

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Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

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As rain poured outside on the chilly evening of February 24, a group of Arlington elementary school parents was imagining a sunnier place — Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road. The MCAS has long been considered one of the nation’s best tests at assessing student performance.

If You Want Equity in the Classroom, Above-Average Readers Need Intervention Too

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In the past, kids in K-2 would get a reading assessment with their teacher but students in upper grades were just expected to be able to read. It was difficult to ascertain those students’ reading levels unless you were a reading specialist, and even then, assessments were performed individually and were very time-consuming. In 2010, New Jersey adopted Common Core standards. We have a pullout Gifted and Talented program at the elementary school level.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. On a recent spring day, Maritza Cleary’s third-grade class at the district’s Prairie Oak Elementary School tackled math pictographs.

The delusional ways we evaluate English learners

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Second-graders at Dunn Elementary in Kentucky. From 2000 to 2010, the demographics in the Bluegrass State shifted dramatically: the number of English learners grew a whopping 306 percent. Related: Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target.

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented.

How little is too little money for schools?

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They were also given a common planning period to discuss student progress and problems and consider ways to make lessons more rigorous and engaging. When she became superintendent in 2010, one of the first decisions to cross her desk was whether to join a new suit against the state.

The Business of Education Technology

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But it appears that the massive growth that the sector has experienced since 2010 stopped this year. In part, their struggles are a result of controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to streamline and procurement the development of curriculum and assessment. The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech.