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‘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. K-12 Schools Literacy Education Reading Education Vocabulary What Kids Are Reading

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

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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Photo: Jackie Mader/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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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. State officials say there were gaps in previous academic standards when compared to testing expectations.

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

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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.

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

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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. Read more about Early Education. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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

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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.

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

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Employees report higher productivity , greater efficiency and less stress , while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. It proved useful in finding teachers to help develop our lesson plans, assessments and professional development.

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

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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. educational policy: College and Career Readiness.

Tests suggest most Kansas students not ready for college

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Majority of students are not on track for college success, according to a new report. Department officials and State Board of Education members acknowledged they’re not satisfied with the overall results. Assessments Higher Ed News Top News

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. 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 The contract covers only scoring and reporting Part I for grades 3-8 and Part I and Part II for high school.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time. The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. Assessments News Top News

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Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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education system faces is ensuring that all children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. 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. But for students who start school chronically behind in meeting learning standards, school often doesn’t meet the job of helping them feel successful.

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

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The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year.

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Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Its core offerings include formative assessment products such as Socrative (a startup acquired in June 2014), grading tools and reporting services. See our report on edtech venture capital for more details.) Education companies have been hit, too. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessBig capital helps startups grow quickly.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. 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.

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20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them? How is education changing?

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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The state of New Hampshire has been gradually shifting toward competency-based education (CBE) for two decades. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system. Within the first five years of the transition, Sanborn schools also built a competency-based curriculum and performance-based assessments based on those standards.

Mississippi accountability ratings gloomy for Jackson schools

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Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, says Jackson Public Schools’ failing score indicates low proficiency on state examinations. That part of the story is over, and the new part of the story (is one) with a new assessment and a more typical life cycle.”

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Photo: Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report. In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Photo: Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report. Higher Education.

PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

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only 10% of public school students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25% of those who took a new English test met proficiency standards deeming them ready for college after graduation. According to recent results from a high school exam taken by students in Washington, D.C.,

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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That’s why the kind of early learning experiences the twenty 4-year-olds are getting in Ruth Shows’ classroom on a daily basis hold so much promise for educators and parents, who are already seeing how far children have come since the start of the school year. “I ?. QUITMAN, Miss. —

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

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10 Ways Technology Has Changed Education: The Iconic Actions #edtech Should Disrupt. You may dislike standards-based reporting, using labels like “proficient,” or grading with a 1-3 scale. Yes, you’ve got a pile of academic standards that have to be mastered.

Number of Schools Using Expeditionary Learning Model Growing

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The process is receiving good reviews, particularly at a time when parents and educators are troubled by the focus on accountability based on testing that has caused rote learning, taken the fun out of learning, and is failing to prepare young people for the rigors of today’s workplace.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. ” A Hechinger Report analysis found that such lofty goals were common in the 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, particularly between 2008 and 2013, when dozens of new charter schools opened across the city.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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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.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

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A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. When I started teaching, we had standards, but they weren’t broken down as they are now.