Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Neo LMS

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. Assessments.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

Georgia Test Prep

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. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is the authority for Georgia Milestones.

Autonomy, the future of education.

Linways Technologies

Discuss Education BarCamp was organized by Linways Technologies Pvt. to bring together educators, academicians, and education enthusiasts to collectively discuss various methods that can be adopted in the education system to reshape the future of education.

Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ Inaugural Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

eSchool News

Casserly, Executive Director of the Council, to select an educator pursuing a graduate-level education degree to receive a $10,000 scholarship. To learn more about the CGCS and the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice, visit CGCS.org/Page/1239.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). Now in its 19th year, the gathering has attracted a growing audience of the “who’s-who” across the education sector—from childcare to healthcare providers, from K-12 to higher education and corporate employers. Education Technology Events Investors Market Trends

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Edsurge

In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am excited about learning with thousands of other educators at this amazing conference. Educator. Inclusion & Special Education. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. The makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create. Discover ways to establish not just a space but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to making.

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National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

The Hechinger Report

The average performance of the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders mostly held steady in math and reading from 2015 to 2017, now marking a decade of stalled educational progress, according to the results of a test released Tuesday. 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.

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

Edsurge

Instructure , the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect , for $42.5 Specifically, the bet is that formative assessments, which can be delivered in classrooms regularly throughout the school year, offer educators a better, timelier understanding of what students know (or don’t) than an end-of-year final test.

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning. To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined .

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

Edsurge

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

The Hechinger Report

Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. 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. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education. Our son’s education was a waste,” his mother, Michelle McLaughlin, said. “We

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

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Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again. The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? Plan backwards from standards. Seem to ignore that mobile learning is central to education’s future. Actually believe that every single student can master every single academic standard–without making them think they hate learning.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). 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. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?” Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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

Edsurge

From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. 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.” Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

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

Edsurge

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. This is the challenge facing educations like Edward Chen, the Director of Technology at California’s independent. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task. At Nueva, when it comes to assessment, standards-based grading is king.

Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium

techlearning

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. By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards,” said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia.

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

eSpark

The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher -- that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. 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. Early Childhood Education.

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

Edsurge

You know that old interview question: What would change in education if you had a magic wand? 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.

Alma releases new standards tracker

eSchool News

Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time. 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. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model.

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Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

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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Acceleration Is Better Than Focusing on Learning Loss. This Unique Summer School Shows Why.

Edsurge

Here are five key take-aways they’ve learned so far on their quest: Designing with education equity in mind. Focus on gatekeeper standards. While acceleration strategy encourages exposure to grade-level standards, it also acknowledges that not all standards are created equal.

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

The Hechinger Report

In a state in which 43 percent of kids of kindergarten age are not ready to begin school, most of those involved in early education don’t deny there’s a problem, and many agree there is a way to fix it. 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.

Tests suggest most Kansas students not ready for college

eSchool News

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. The State Department of Education released a summary of how roughly 260,000 students scored collectively, saying only 42 percent performed well enough on English tests to suggest they’re moving toward being ready for college or a career.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

While it has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding, and while performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself. But the real issue here isn’t one of assessment design as much as it is looking at the overall tone of learning. The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions. by Terry Heick.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

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. Erin describes the Brooklyn Lab human capital strategy as analogous to an “educational orchestra” – educators may play from the same score, but they are play different instruments to provide students with different learning experiences.

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The myth and reality of heroic teaching

The Christensen Institute

A popular theme in movies about K–12 education is the archetype of the heroic classroom teacher. 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. Education Blog Blended learning education K-12 education teacher of the future

“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. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. That’s a very exciting thing … watching them academically really open up.

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

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. 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.

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

The Hechinger Report

Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. education achievement slides backwards. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

OPINION: New leadership at the top should mean big changes for English language learners

The Hechinger Report

One included academic standards for my state. The other was filled with the English language development (ELD) standards. And that has resulted in policies, textbooks, training and assessments for our nation’s 5 million ELs that seem like an afterthought.

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. over glitches in implementing the test, the state department of education announced this week. Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 In late 2014, Pearson was replaced as the state’s test provider for the Tennessee standardized tests.

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

Edsurge

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.