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

Marketplace K-12

million for scoring 2015-16 assessments in Tennessee after the state terminated a contract in April with Measurement Inc. The new seven-month contract with Pearson was finalized using an emergency procurement process after the education department collaborated with the state’s central procurement office, according to a “Frequently Asked Questions” document the department released. See also: Tennessee Terminates Contract with Assessment Provider Measurement Inc.

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 2019, What’s REALLY the Definition of a Teacher?

EdNews Daily

They deliver specific chunks of knowledge that are outlined by academic standards and required by school policy in the curriculum, not random tangents of knowledge. Formative and summative assessments. Writing lengthy individual student reports. By LeiLani Cauthen.

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). The disconnect between what school leaders buy and what teachers actually use is well-documented. A report published in January suggests that most software licenses purchased go unused. Third-party software can share student data in ways that violate district or state standards.

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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.

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. Fluid documents and processes. As the teacher, you’re used to being the control valve for content, assessment, feedback, and reporting.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Yet a teacher suggested that Sean should stop taking academic classes and have a “fun” senior year.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

MindShift

For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.