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.

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.

Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

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With scarcely a month left in the school year, why was it worth spending time making videos rather than covering the next academic standard? I said, ‘There will be no grades on this, but you will be assessed as best I can with the maker elements, and then you will use them, as well.”.

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.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

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With the addition of MasteryConnect’s formative assessment tools, Instructure aims to capitalize on what it sees as a “shift occurring at the state level as they replace high-stakes, end-of-year testing with innovative assessment models,” according to a prepared statement. K-12 market for classroom assessment tools is expected to reach $1.7 Education Technology Assessments Mergers and Acquisitions

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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

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.

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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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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.

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.

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. The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills.

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.

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.

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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I Never Asked My Students About Their Aspirations. Don’t Make That Mistake.

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I modeled my classroom after the classrooms in the high school I attended—rows of desks, the teacher at the front of the room, nightly homework, and regular assessments. Twenty years ago, I was a freshman in high school.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. We focused on the essential needs of the market—curriculum, assessment, and intervention—which aligned with our core competencies and interests. Our mCLASS assessments for K-3 reading are used by more than 2 million students across the country.

Teenage Brains Are Elastic. That’s a Big Opportunity for Social-Emotional Learning.

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You can’t actually function in a purely academic zone without also developing the sensibilities, orientations, behaviors and strategies that all of us use to navigate our everyday lives.”

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

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There are good reasons why worksheets have been the backbone of assessment for decades: Students write or type the information (and get the benefits of note-taking). There are also lots of teacher resources to help in using this unit such as lesson plans, training, and academic standards met.

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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).

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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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?

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.

‘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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‘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. About 1,200 adults in uniform went “Back to School” yesterday. No, not to their wooden desks, blue books and plastic seats.

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.

OPINION: Race to the Top laws are still on the books, but state commitments remain uneven

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In exchange for a significant investment of federal funding, states like Tennessee would volunteer to enact new policies to raise standards, increase accountability, build new data systems and lift caps on the number of public charter schools. It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov.

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

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It proved useful in finding teachers to help develop our lesson plans, assessments and professional development. It’s no secret that remote work is growing rapidly, thanks to advancements in communication and productivity tools.

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. It connects with curriculum and assessment tools to gather evidence of learning.

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