How to Make Standards Mastery Accessible to All

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Before many states adopted extended (accessible) educational standards for students with unique needs, we began developing differentiated materials to provide students with the ability to learn skills, demonstrate knowledge and raise the bar for educational expectations. Now, federal and state mandates, such as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), require each state to have grade-specific challenging academic standards.

?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too

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Students need access to tools that work. This May, these leaders and another 150 or so stakeholders will come together for the first ever EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium , organized by The University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Digital Promise and the Jefferson Education Accelerator. Five factors currently drive this demand for improving the quality and scalability of education technology: Higher academic standards nationwide.

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Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

The Hechinger Report

Historically, wealthier students have had greater access to enriching out-of-school experiences, compounding their privilege. She said out-of-school programs are freer to design learning experiences that are more engaging to students, because they don’t have the same pressure to teach certain academic standards. K-12 News achievement gap Expanded learning time Personalized Learning Technology access

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Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. K-12 News Personalized Learning STEM Technology accessA robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin (left), then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior. Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Sylvester. LONGMONT, Colo. —

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OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

The Hechinger Report

In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave schools a massive infusion of state money in return for high academic standards and accountability. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

Edsurge

Another challenge for teachers is the need for more professional development and help in connecting maker activities to curriculum and academic standards. Who are the people spearheading maker education? And what motivates them? These are just a few of the questions behind a new study (PDF) from SRI International on the. Maker Education Initiative.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Each targeted quest curates a collection of third-party apps, webtools, videos, games, and other resources that focus on particular math or reading skills identified by the teacher or from the student’s earlier work as an area of academic need. eSpark is a student-centered series of self-guided, self-paced PK-5 math and reading lessons that are based on class goals, teacher input, and individual academic need Students work independently, taking the time they need.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

eSchool News

As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers are now able to access a new, free online artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to strengthen their math instruction and help students learn at higher levels. Even with the best resources, many teachers lack dedicated coaching and struggle to target effective teaching strategies that help students improve their proficiency in math, a linchpin academic subject.

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Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Neo LMS

Grading and assessments are a hot potato in the field of education, as states and the federal government try to at once apply common standards, but also limit the amount of time students spend sitting assessments. In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act , which pledged to offer the same standard of education to every child in the US “regardless of race, income, background, the zip code, or where they live”.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. Types of Standard Alignment.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

Georgia Test Prep

The tests provide information about whether students are grasping their subjects according to the state-adopted standards in the core areas of English language arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies, and whether they are ready to progress to the next grade. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System was introduced in 2014-2015 to replace former state assessments which were setting lower standards for students. Substantial academic support needed.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

To help accomplish their vision – that every students get not just to but through college – Brooklyn Lab leverages Cortex, a digital learning platform where student data and work can be accessed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators alike. Mastery of Rigorous Standards. The data that fuels Cortex is based on bringing standards to a more refined framework with a common data visualization of green, yellow, and red for differing levels of mastery.

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Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

Open Up Resources offers two of the highest-reviewed curriculum for middle-school math and K-5 English, according to EdReports, which evaluates textbooks for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards. On Kiddom, teachers can upload lessons and resources, distribute assignments and get data on how students perform against academic standards. She’s enthusiastic about accessing Open Up Resources’ materials on the Kiddom platform. “By

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments. At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Edsurge

But in the field of education, we don’t even have a complete set of static competency frameworks for digital data that are openly accessible and interoperable—to say nothing of dynamic data that support real-time pathway optimization. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

eSchool News

Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. The need for more practical and effective professional learning opportunities for teachers is especially important right now, with new academic standards being introduced and adapted in schools across the country. In an increasingly connected world, educators need access to on-demand, online resources, with tools and platforms that facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan

NeverEndingSearch

Eliminating school library programs and certified school librarian positions deprive students of rich learning opportunities, jeopardize academic and reading achievement, and perpetuate educational inequities. Only when there is a trained and certified school librarian present are students taught essential inquiry and information literacy skills aligned to PA Core and Academic Standards, as outlined in the Pennsylvania Library Model Curriculum.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

Edsurge

The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills. After buying myON last year to improve access and student choice, Renaissance purchased Early Learning Labs last month. At a time of major change at educational software and assessments provider Renaissance Learning executives decided to add one more item to their to-do list. It was spring 2018.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Based on universal access to free and equal schools, the social contract for public education equates the attainment of a high school diploma with readiness for college, meaningful participation in the workforce, and the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. In my view, at least four such assurances are needed in a digital age: One, we must ensure every student has access to the digital tools they need to succeed in school.

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators. It makes it easier to find lessons, standards, activities and much more and includes a lesson planning tool. Even with the best resources, many teachers lack dedicated coaching and struggle to target effective teaching strategies that help students improve their proficiency in math, a linchpin academic subject.

Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

Edsurge

In today’s workforce, one employee backed up by teams of experts providing training, tools, just-in-time access to materials and data can perform work that once required dozens of line workers. Investments in teacher training programs when new state standards or social-emotional learning programs are rolled out are recent examples where statewide decisions shape local choices.

Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

Edsurge

The New Kindergarten In an increasing number of schools , teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks. Yet all this focus on academics may not matter much in the long run.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. Much of the achievement gap stems from larger societal issues such as poverty, racism, and disproportionate access to resources and opportunities; and technology is not a silver bullet for addressing these issues. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

Such a marketplace could expand students’ access to human beings otherwise entirely out of their reach, potentially expanding their reservoir of social capital. ” The more success is defined by achievement of common standards, the less likely teachers are to relinquish control of instruction—particularly live instruction. In the meantime, video-based access to experts may have to find the pockets of the system primed for this innovation.

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What Can Schools Learn from the Successful Transformation of Public Libraries?

Edsurge

In parallel with this changing nature of librarians, the library itself took on an increased role in the community, offering spaces where the unemployed receive job training, the needy access social services and families gather for daily programming. Other initiatives, however, have come from top-down reform efforts, such as the creation and implementation of academic standards and associated testing regimes that emerged from the accountability movement.

Digitizing Curriculum Development: Think Efficiency

edWeb.net

Masterson, Vice President of Government Solutions at LearningMate, discuss how coordinated digitization can help teachers more efficiently create standards-aligned curricula. While developing curricula within a grade level, he was also looking at the vertical articulation of standards.

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Education Leaders Propose Ways to Add Teacher Voice to Research Decisions

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Most educators access information about their profession through online searches, social media, colleagues, supervisors, their professional association or a journal subscription. We’re only going to get to the root of these problems if we think about them together,” said Doug Paulson, director of academic standards at the Minnesota Department of Education, who participated in the event on behalf of the Council of State Science Supervisors. Like U.S.

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Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

EdNews Daily

Then a re-write of academic standards that had to be mapped to teaching and learning, constantly in revision. Fixers are almost universally introspective insiders, tweaking the existing standard structure. . By LeiLani Cauthen. New pre-released data from the Learning Counsel’s 2019 Survey indicates that 58 percent of schools now rate their highest pressure is their student’s social and emotional needs.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools.

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Six Steps to Project Based Learning

eSpark

The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. And while experts agree that a hands-on approach to core standards leads to significant student growth, even the most innovative districts can struggle to design research projects that are differentiated to meet the needs of every learner. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. A common set of academic standards could alleviate the discovery issue, but several states have withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and decided to adopt their own.

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Presuming Competence in Children With Unique Needs

N2Y

It is important not to overlook those strengths and understand that they can translate to possible access points for communication, employment opportunities, and improved quality of life. It is important to link instruction as closely as possible to academic standards , to teach about current events using adapted material and supports as needed, and to include age-appropriate recreation and leisure options.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

It entails the teaching of academic, technical and social skills in actual work settings or simulated backdrops. Without family or professional ties to a particular field, it’s hard to gain access to a quality job in a competitive market.

Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines

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Teachers bring them into their classrooms because they provide invaluable instructional materials that meet current academic standards and prepare students for state tests. Additionally, teachers can access more printables that are ready to use just by clicking on the tab. My plan was to have students access prior knowledge before reading a non-fiction piece of text. For nearly a decade, I’ve been using Scholastic News Magazines in my classroom.