Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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Today we’ll look at grading and assessment, and how technology can assist teachers to streamline the process, as well as extract more valuable information on how students are tracking on their learning pathways. 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. Teacher tricks: grading & assessment.

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.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

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If you’ve got a child in the Georgia state school system, then you’ve probably heard of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System and how important it is. This post is a comprehensive guide on what the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) is all about. Simply put, the Georgia Milestones is an assessment program for school children from grades 3 through high school. Grades 3 – 8 will take the End of Grade (EOG) assessment. Additional academic support needed.

?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. The New Schools Venture Fund estimates that K-12 schools collectively spend about $9 billion per year on instructional software, digital assessments, laptops and tablets for students and teachers. Five factors currently drive this demand for improving the quality and scalability of education technology: Higher academic standards nationwide.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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This is a tone that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century as access to information increases, as the updating of information happens more naturally, and as blended and mobile learning environments become more common. Even the transparency and apparent relevance of a classroom activity factor into the “value” of a learning experience as much as how cleanly that activity aligns with an academic standard.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. They received excellent ratings from EdReports , a leader in evaluating textbooks and curricula for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards. A growing body of research names curriculum as a critical factor in academic success.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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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.

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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Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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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. Renaissance’s newest acquisition is Freckle Education , a San Francisco-based company that offers online lessons, exercises and assessments for math, English language arts, social studies and science. The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills.

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.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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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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Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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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

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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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).

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

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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.

Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

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Unequal access to external support: Staff can’t just assume students will have access to the same resources at home or that they will willingly talk about what they have and don’t have. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

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. An Education Week article reported that in 2011, “black and Hispanic students trailed their white peers by an average of more than 20 test-score points on the NAEP math and reading assessments at 4th and 8th grades, a difference of about two grade levels.”

Presuming Competence in Children With Unique Needs

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How might Stephen Hawking, one of the true geniuses of our time, have been judged if he were assessed without the benefit of his speech-generating device (SGD) and by someone who did not know who he was? This results in lack of motivation to participate or perform in assessments or activities.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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In addition, teachers can also use Seesaw to create a class blog, communicate with students and families, create and curate activities from a robust and ever-growing library, and assess student work via digital portfolios. This allows teachers to assess student progress over time.

Digitizing Curriculum Development: Think Efficiency

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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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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools.

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How To Add Rigor To Anything

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How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment. Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous. 10 Strategies To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment. Rigor is Always Accessible. by Terry Heick. Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.

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. OpenEd ranks videos based on an analysis of how students do on assessments after watching them.

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Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

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Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). So far, the library has since been accessed by around 250,000 teachers, who have made more than 9 million student accounts for the apps, according to the company. Inside the Library The Library is not yet open to everyone; only teachers in districts that have integrated with Clever can access it.

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Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

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Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards.

What’s New

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Google Slides now features machine learning closed captions to aid in instruction, Chromebooks now features Labster Chromebook labs to help students with their assignments, Jamboard has a new View Only mode that lets teachers share jam sessions from their lessons that day while restricting edit access, updates to Docs made adding MLA citations a smoother process, and more.

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

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EdReports has become a real big deal in K-12 publishing,” he said, referring to the nonprofit that reviews textbooks for alignment to academic standards. Continuing a popular theme from last year’s conference , companies also emphasized how the lines have blurred between core materials (like basic textbooks) and supplemental resources (like practice materials and formative assessment tools) in K-12. federal law that mandates access to student information by public entities.

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

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Eight years ago, some of its customers requested that Empower support the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) , an open data interoperability standard that was then in vogue with K-12 schools and districts. So in 2018, when Empower was pressured by a large district customer to support a different open data standard— IMS Global’s OneRoster—the company was reluctant. “We’d It’s a mindshift for teachers, especially when it comes to assessment, because scoring is so different.

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Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

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I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge , connect people and even improve empathy. Technology is, in fact, already touching nearly every part of our public education system, from assessments to communication to professional learning.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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The difference in the performance between each ESEA subgroup (as defined in this document) within a participating LEA or school and the statewide average performance of the LEA’s or tate’s highest achieving subgroups in reading/language arts and mathematics as measured by the assessments required under the ESEA. completion of a minimum course of study, content mastery, proficiency on college- and career-ready assessments, etc.) College- and career-ready standards.

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

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You may dislike standards-based reporting, using labels like “proficient,” or grading with a 1-3 scale. WiFi signal, outlets, access to frequently move around the class, ways to not disrupt other classrooms with “noise.” But deep integration of technology in learning should–ideally anyway–make learning mobile–always-on, asynchronous and self-directed access to both content and collaborators. You probe, prompt, front-load, and assess.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. Further, the majority of educators in the United States teach according to the Common Core standards, which makes them of interest to us. As most educators know, the Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

REINVENTING.SCHOOL Thursday with Howard Blumenthal - "What About My Job at School?" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

To watch the live show at 4:00 pm US-EDT, or to access the recordings afterward, please go to [link] (or [link] ). As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

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For example, in the case of literacy companies in the market today, articles from around the web are curated and categorized by reading level, alignment to state academic standards, topics and connection to commonly-taught texts to give educators and students access to “real world” content. They adopted a similar strategy in Maryland, offering schools quizzes that aligned to the state’s high-stakes assessment.

Could a plan to improve early education be putting the squeeze on child care centers?

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Through the new system the plan is to raise and unify standards, creating a single statewide network that ends the fragmentation and ensures “easy access to high-quality options,” according to the Louisiana Department of Education, the entity overseeing the reform. Instead of putting children whose seats were funded by LA4 in child care centers — an option allowed under the law for centers that met certain standards — most of those seats instead were placed in public schools.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. Connectivity could represent a new kind of assessment. Rather than measurement, true assessment is the process of uncovering understanding. Elite academic institutions could become the new “fringe” Or begin to anyway.