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.

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.

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The Perfect Assessment

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The Perfect Assessment. So let’s dream about assessment. First, what is an assessment? In The Most Important Question Every Question Should Answer , I theorized that “the benefit of assessments for learning isn’t merely a more clear picture of understanding; Used properly, it can also inform the rest of the learning process, from curriculum mapping (what do we learn when?) to assessment design (how should future learning ideally be measured?)”

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. It’s an extraordinary amount of work to design precise and personalized assessments that illuminate pathways forward for individual students–likely too much for one teacher to do so consistently for every student. Student self-assessment is tricky, but a key matter of understanding.

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? Backers of project-based learning, and its hands-on relative, maker education, would argue that activities like these not only deepen understanding of academic content but also bolster creativity, persistence, problem-solving and related skills that are critical for success in a rapidly changing world.

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

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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.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. The biggest challenge in measuring SEL skills is having a true standard. Today, they are committed to assessing students’ progress towards SEL mastery, which they see as essential to understanding where students are at—and to proving their SEL curriculum works. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task.

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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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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.

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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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. The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model. Assessments News Top News

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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.

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. But they stressed that Kansas is reporting its first statewide data from tests that were revised to align with multistate Common Core academic standards, which they view as tougher. Assessments Higher Ed News Top News

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. But the real issue here isn’t one of assessment design as much as it is looking at the overall tone of learning. Assessment Featured exams multiple choice questions questions standardized testing testing The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions.

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.

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

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The decline has accelerated, and results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have pushed the state into the “learn-from-our-mistakes” category. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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. Under these more rigorous standards, students are expected to read more complex texts and reach greater depths of knowledge than before. So, the first step in any college and career readiness initiative is to be sure students are on track for meeting these high standards.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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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. This partnership “helps bridge the gap that currently exists between curriculum, instruction, assessment and intervention,” (says Kiddom’s chief academic officer Abbas Manjee).

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.

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). Once students finish watching, they can play topical games, dig deeper with more videos, make a learning map, review domain-specific words, and/or assess their learning. 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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

How International Rankings are reshaping Indian Higher Education

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Setting up of accreditation systems and bodies at the national and international level to rank and recognize Universities and Institutions for meeting the minimum acceptable standards through inspection and assessment has taken top priority amongst the national policymakers as Education takes a center stage in today’s world. Accreditation and rankings are essentially quality benchmarks that signify many aspects of standards concerning expected norms and other colleges/universities.

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).

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.

OPINION: Four ways that Mississippi is teaching more children to read well

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Mississippi’s gains came as students in many states did worse in 2019 than they did in 2017 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — to the disappointment of leaders, educators and parents across the United States. A decade later, the state’s 2013 Literacy-Based Promotion Act focused on K-3 literacy professional development for teachers and funded literacy coaches in schools with the most students performing at low levels on the state’s literacy assessment.

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. I spent the next four years in my assigned seat among the rows of desks, trying to listen to the teacher at the front of the room, completing homework assignments from textbooks, and preparing for tests by making countless flashcards.

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? With functional communication, many things become possible, including assessment leading to improved social, communication, and educational programming. This results in lack of motivation to participate or perform in assessments or activities.

Autonomy, the future of education.

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Autonomous colleges, on the other hand, are granted freedom and in some or all the academic matters. They can have their own syllabus, right to conduct exams, and set up assessment patterns. The next context which he highlighted was the common patterns that can be seen with the question pattern in assessment tools since the start of the education system. The Board of Studies is the basic constituent of the academic system of an Institute. Academic Council.

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? How will data from formative assessment (that target these standards) help teachers and students respond within the project? Progress towards mastery of academic standards?