The Perfect Assessment

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The Perfect Assessment. So let’s dream about assessment. First, what is an assessment? to assessment design (how should future learning ideally be measured?)” So then, can we do better with our assessments? So what would the perfect assessment be like?

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

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The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. Student self-assessment is tricky, but a key matter of understanding. Assessments can obscure more than they reveal.

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. Teacher tricks: grading & assessment. Assessments.

Assessments and Curriculum: Be Responsive to Your Teachers by @danapiercy #litleaders

Reading By Example

Teachers have a lot to juggle: state standards, district expectations, literacy assessments, reading and writing workshop, STEM, social studies, RTI, and math. I offer my support in helping teachers make sense of all things curriculum and assessments. I am always working with teachers to make sense of our state standards. We had new state standards, a new STEM curriculum, new word study curriculum, and new reading curriculum.

How Mississippi made some of the biggest leaps in national test scores

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The National Assessment Governing Board report points to several key strategies that have led to these achievements: 1. Mississippi created new academic standards that are more rigorous and better-aligned to national expectations for students.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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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. The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions. by Terry Heick.

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

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million for scoring 2015-16 assessments in Tennessee after the state terminated a contract in April with Measurement Inc. Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 A separate search is underway to select a vendor to develop and administer next year’s TNReady assessments, education commissioner Candice McQueen said in an email she sent to district superintendents.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We But the individual computerized assessments PLTW has built aren’t exactly what Darling-Hammond had in mind. “Is

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Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

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The final grade in a course or even a ten week grade probably does not reflect the actual academic learning.These grades may not reflect the academic standards (Common Core, standards or proficiencies) for that course. Badges allow teachers to focus specifically on student standards or proficiencies. Do you use grades or badges to measure your students’ progress on the standards or proficiencies? Formative Assessment: Responding to your Students.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs. Students can still receive traditional letter grades,” he explains of his plans to roll out an alternative assessment model. “Or

4 keys to supporting college and career readiness

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Be sure all students meet rigorous academic standards. A new generation of state standards has been designed to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. Assessments News Top News

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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.

Tests suggest most Kansas students not ready for college

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A majority of Kansas public school students aren’t on track to be ready academically for college based on their scores on standardized English and math tests this past spring, a state report said Tuesday. Assessments Higher Ed News Top News

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.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

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In a recent presentation to the League of Innovative Schools Assessment working group, Erin and Eric shared the Cortex platform and described the academic growth and progress they have seen among their students since the platform’s implementation. 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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Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium

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October 22, 2018) - To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, , the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Irvine, CA.

A Project-Based Learning Spectrum: 25 Questions To Guide Your PBL Planning

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I focused more on creating compelling and student-centered projects, rather than creating a list of questions to use as a checklist for pure academic planning. Which academic standards are the focus of the unit? Progress towards mastery of academic standards?

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). Types of Standard Alignment. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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The myth and reality of heroic teaching

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By itself, supervising young people is exhausting; then, add to that responsibility the work of trying to maximize the productive use of every minute of the school day in order to help students master rigorous academic standards.

FETC Future of Educational Technology… Orlando Florida… Please Join Me!

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W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. Discover ways to establish not just a space but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to making. W121 | Beyond PBL, STEM, and STEAM … Dewey Meets Technology and Standards.

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Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. 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).

What’s New

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

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A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards.

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National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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Since the biennial test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, was first administered in the early 1990s, student achievement, particularly in math, steadily improved until the late 2000s, then flatlined.

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.

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20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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Until parents have a better understanding of what pure academic work looks like–from the content to the assessment to the reporting–every single bit of this is on the shoulders of teachers. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.” Combine Assessment Prep Into Daily Learning.

Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again

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Plan backwards from standards. Actually believe that every single student can master every single academic standard–without making them think they hate learning. Separate curriculum, assessment, instruction, and technology.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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completion of a minimum course of study, content mastery, proficiency on college- and career-ready assessments, etc.) College- and career-ready standards. An assessment of the LEA school board that both evaluates performance and encourages professional growth.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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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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Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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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.”

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.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

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Damont Morgan, a seventh grader, would prefer to get core academic classes that take a lot of mental energy out of the way in the morning and go to electives in the afternoon. All 50 states have standards for their students to meet — most use, at least in part, the Common Core standards.