What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment.

How to Assess Digital Literacy

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Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” How do I assess faculty digital literacy so I can teach them what they don’t know?” Today, I want to focus on the need to assess digital literacy and what tools are available to do this. Why assess it? Here are the five most common reasons schools feel the need to assess student and faculty digital literacy: To complete online testing.

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2016 EdTechTeam Impact Report

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EdTechTeam produced professional development experiences in 10 languages for over 88 ,000 educators in 2016. Having been involved in leading the Google Teacher Academy from its inception in 2006, EdTechTeam was responsible for managing the revamped Google for Education Innovation Academy in 2016… and also helped to organize and fund the free 10 year anniversary celebrations in Sydney, London, New York, and Mountain View.

Learning Loss Is Everywhere. But How Do the Reports Compare?

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Learning loss is everywhere—and so are reports detailing the setbacks. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. What differs is how those reports measure, how many are measured and what exactly they found. million assessments” from 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. How Do I Create My First Assessment? 6) When you are happy with your assessment, save and you will return to the home page. Tagged: App , assessment , education , ipad , learning , lessons , plenary , Socrative. education App assessment ipad learning lessons plenary Socrative

How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. How Do I Create My First Assessment? 6) When you are happy with your assessment, save and you will return to the home page. Tagged: App , assessment , education , ipad , learning , lessons , plenary , Socrative. education App assessment ipad learning lessons plenary Socrative

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. One current trend appears likely to continue during 2016: an increasing number of classrooms will rely on computers and the Internet to assist in the delivery of education materials. Possibly that situation will change permanently in 2016.

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What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN—the Consortium for School Networking — jointly create the Horizon Report. Produced with the insights of an international panel of experts, and with nearly one million downloads per year, this report on emerging technologies for learning is likely the most well-read report identifying key technology trends for primary and secondary education. The 2016 Report is made possible by Share Fair Nation at go.nmc.org/2016-k12 ).

Personalized Learning Needed in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

But a lack of high-quality curricula designed to support that personalized learning is stalling the effort, according to a new report. New technology is key to allowing educators to provide this personalized support, the report says. K-12 student population and highlights the underlying need to rethink the way classroom learning is approached, the report says. See also: Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing?

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

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The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Here are details you’ll like: All relevant teacher information is included on the teacher dashboard with links to dig deeper into standards, students, assessments, assignments, and more. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Schoology launches Assessment Management Platform

eSchool News

Schoology Assessment Management Platform, or AMP, integrates learning management and assessment in one system, bringing together student learning experiences with comprehensive assessment and actionable reporting. Announced today at the ISTE 2016 conference, Schoology introduced AMP (Assessment Management Platform), a new solution integrating the Schoology learning management system (LMS) with embedded institution-wide assessment management functionality.

How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

The most difficult part was convincing colleagues that 2nd graders couldn’t write a book report in MS Word until they understood toolbars, keyboarding basics, enough digital citizenship to research effectively online, and how to solve the never-ending-but-repetitive tech problems they surely would face during their work. Before I disclose my secret formula, let’s assess where you are–right now–in your technology integration efforts.

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Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. With almost 9,000 downloads and counting, this show is the most popular episode on Every Classroom Matters in 2016 so far. Assessment Education Every Classroom Matters Podcast How to Guides.

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3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

Edsurge

Educators, I've learned, are experts in defining standards and benchmarks and then creating assessments to determine if students are on track; I’ve learned a tremendous amount about good learning and teaching just by watching them do this. What type of scope and sequence and assessment can we possibly employ to help define, develop, and measure these types of emotional and relational competencies?

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

The CoolCatTeacher

PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes us into assessment , project design , and teacher PD for more effective, meaningful projects that improve learning. We discuss the challenge of fair, consistent assessment of projects across schools and districts. The OECD report cited in the show is available online: [link]. Assessment Education Every Classroom Matters Podcast News & Trends Teaching project based learning

2 reports help leaders leverage ESSA

eSchool News

Two new reports offer school leaders research-based evidence to help them leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve learning outcomes for students. The reports, Redesigning School Accountability and Support: Progress in Pioneering States, and Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act offer guidance for schools, districts and states hoping to revamp their support, improvement, opportunity, and accountability.

Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom

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For example, book reports were typed on the computer instead of handwritten, or math facts were practiced with a math game instead of flash cards. The poster started above can be a collaborative project that engages a group of students, reinforcing their skills at speaking and listening, working in groups, and those important writing skills of edit-revise-rewrite.The math practice can be extended by asking students to create their own assessments, to measure their progress.

Report explores 3 college, career readiness strategies

eSchool News

Instead of wanting to assess students’ current knowledge, these stakeholders want to know more about students’ potential to achieve impactful and successful outcomes in the real world. This has led to evolving student assessment systems, as well as new definitions around what readiness means. Next page: Three readiness models in the report.

IO Education, EADMS merger will expand online formative assessment

eSchool News

Complementary formative assessment solutions will help educators better leverage tools. IO Education and Educator’s Assessment Data Management System (EADMS), a provider of K-12 assessment and data management software, have merged to better leverage online formative assessment capabilities. As IO Education incorporates EADMS into its product suite, Mr. Tooley will lead the company’s assessment division. “We

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. New Jersey and Michigan developed individual state tech readiness tools in preparation for (online) assessment,” she said. Alabama and I believe a few other states have annual inventory reports. In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs.

Report: The major problems with U.S. professional development

eSchool News

Two reports detail how top-performing education systems use professional development each day. Two new reports reveal that in many top education systems, teacher professional development is built into their daily work as a means for school improvement and teacher quality. The reports from the National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB) suggest that the traditional U.S.

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

One of last year’s most inspiring panels at the 2016 Reimagine Education conference was that which focused on alternative university models, where the innovation is fundamental and radical. Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant.

Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment

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We have created common unit assessments, focusing on what we believe to be the most important standards, and we are required to meet and discuss assessment results to evaluate our teaching effectiveness. The reconfiguring and implementation of these two areas—curriculum and assessment—undoubtedly costs money and time. We can’t continue to restrict student assessments to a simplified, out-dated system and expect to prepare them for an ever-changing employment environment.

Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape

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The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level. People want a number,” he said, adding that “America leads the way in this kind of assessment. See also: Understanding Formative Assessment: A Special Report. Austin, Texas.

ST Math: Differentiating Instruction with Mastery-Based Embedded Assessment

MIND Research Institute

I took what for me seemed like the most logical path, I gave a diagnostic assessment, provided the relevant online remediation materials for the students as needed, and tried to do some reteaching of the “big gaps” that were shared by a large number of the students (like fractions, for example).

Global K-12 Market for Personal PCs to Contract in 2016, Experts Project

Marketplace K-12

A decline in personal computer sales in the worldwide K-12 education market may be linked to faltering economies in other countries, particularly Latin America, a new report finds. The total volume of PC sales in that market fell by 12 percent in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, despite solid numbers in the U.S. market, according to a report from Futuresource Consulting, a London-based market research firm.

Northwest Evaluation Association To Enter State Assessment Market

Marketplace K-12

Primarily known for its Measures of Academic Progress test—an interim assessment taken by students across the U.S.—the the nonprofit NWEA is diving into the more turbulent, and potentially lucrative waters of summative assessments. The goal of the new division is to support states in the development of “innovative accountability systems,” including proficiency assessment models, according to the NWEA’s official announcement.

What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

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It’s tempting to assign a goal–say, third graders should type 15 wpm–and then assess based on student ability to meet that goal, but that’s not practical. A more purpose-built goal is to assess based on progress. Assess whether students meet this goal by observing them in class and having other teachers/parents anecdotally report successes (or failures). Computer skills assessments

7 Innovative Writing Methods for Students

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Slideshows have long been the alternative to the written report, used when the written word required an oral presentation. The next time your summative assessment is a report, let students choose their ‘writing’ method. Critical thinking Education reform Web Tools Writing assessmentsKnowledge is meant to be shared. That’s what writing is about–taking what you know and putting it out there for all to see.

10 Ways to Use Twitter in Class

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It makes sense; tweets and twitter streams have been part of hard-core news reports for years as an effective way for leaders and politicians to reach their constituents and pollsters to gauge what interests people. With the not-so-recent addition of audio and video files (easily embedded from sites like Instagram and Periscope ), educators can easily use it as a student-friendly approach to everything from assessment to sharing notes. Formative assessment.

Math Scores Drop, But Achievement Gap Narrows for U.S. Teens in International PISA Assessment

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The results are in: The National Center for Education Statistics today released its findings for the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The assessment, which has been administered every three years since 2000, measures math, science and reading literacy of 15-year-olds in 73 education systems around the globe. which outperformed only 28 out of the 70 reporting education systems. That number almost doubled in 2016, rising to 32 percent.

Sesame Offers Flexible Assessment/Communication Platform

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Portfolio tool keeps report cards from being a surprise. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

NATION’S REPORT CARD FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING LITERACY RELEASED

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has produced a nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy. Techlearning Resources

Digiexam and the future of assessment

EdNews Daily

One of last year’s most inspiring panels at the 2016 Reimagine Education conference was that which focused on alternative university models, where the innovation is fundamental and radical. Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant.

Report: Kindergarten Increasingly Pushing Academic Skills

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report suggests that accountability pressures have reached down through the elementary grades, causing kindergarten to become more focused on academic skills and less centered around opportunities for play. To combat this, the report recommended a “reversal of the pushing down of the curriculum that has transformed kindergarten into de facto first grade.”