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? 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.

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. 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.

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

Edsurge

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.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

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

Edsurge

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.” The meetings are highly structured, but the agenda responds to participants’ needs that day.

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. 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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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

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

Edsurge

Eastern and Central time zones, since that worked well for our meetings, sales operations and customer support times for schools. It proved useful in finding teachers to help develop our lesson plans, assessments and professional development.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

K-12 Schools - Education News

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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A Project-Based Learning Spectrum: 25 Questions To Guide Your PBL Planning

TeachThought - Learn better.

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. Personalized “workflow” to meet each student’s needs? Which academic standards are the focus of the unit?

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

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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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.

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

Edsurge

In rooms on the upper floors were private meetings to wheel and deal. 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.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

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. An Education Week article reported that in 2011, “black and Hispanic students trailed their white peers by an average of more than 20 test-score points on the NAEP math and reading assessments at 4th and 8th grades, a difference of about two grade levels.”

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

You will be involved in the opportunity to choose from 600+ learning opportunities that best meet your needs specific to your role in leading the digital transformation — with basic to advanced sessions in 5 program tracks.

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

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Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. Combine Assessment Prep Into Daily Learning.

How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students can now meet with private tutors, who are maybe from another country, through Skype, Google Hangouts, and other mobile communication applications. By doing an interview and assessment, you can gauge if that particular tutor is appropriate for your child.

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PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

K-12 Schools - Education News

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.,

What’s New

techlearning

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.

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

eSpark

Higher standards are right. The president went on to add, "What hasn’t worked is denying teachers, schools, and states what they need to meet these goals. Under ESSA, states will now be responsible for determining if schools are successful in meeting the needs of every student.

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

The Hechinger Report

Damont Morgan, a seventh grader, would prefer to get core academic classes that take a lot of mental energy out of the way in the morning and go to electives in the afternoon. All 50 states have standards for their students to meet — most use, at least in part, the Common Core standards.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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completion of a minimum course of study, content mastery, proficiency on college- and career-ready assessments, etc.) College- and career-ready standards. An assessment of the LEA school board that both evaluates performance and encourages professional growth.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

Edsurge

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. Rethinking Success in a Supportive Climate As a first step, Sanborn ditched its traditional, letter-based grading system and instead adopted a set of rubrics that reflect a student’s competency on state and district academic standards. We should have started with assessment,” she explains.

Mississippi accountability ratings gloomy for Jackson schools

The Hechinger Report

“There is no waiver for these scores,” Beaudoin said at an MDE board meeting this morning. 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 Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

Edsurge

Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. Although advisory was required for my students to accumulate elective credits and meet graduation requirements, I wasn’t provided thoughtful or engaging curriculum. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), Thoughtfully mixing SEL with academics ensures SEL isn’t being taught in isolation.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. Last year, 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment.

“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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

Edsurge

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort.

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

The Hechinger Report

Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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. K-12 News Solutions standards

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

In addition, kindergarteners who took advantage of state-funded pre-K in Quitman ranked among the top five performers on an assessment of school readiness skills, state data released in November show. In 2017, Mississippi met nine of those 10 standards. ?. QUITMAN, Miss. —