‘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.

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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.

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

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Chamber of Commerce report released that year highlighted a 71-point gap between the percentage of fourth-grade students who scored proficient or above on the state’s reading exam in 2005 and those who scored proficient or above on the 2005 NAEP reading exam.

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.

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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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

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. 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.

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. Assessments News Top News

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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.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. 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.

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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.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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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. Unfortunately, though, there are no reliable ratings or certifications for these products -- no Consumer Reports.

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Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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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.”

20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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Until parents have a better understanding of what pure academic work looks like–from the content to the assessment to the reporting–every single bit of this is on the shoulders of teachers. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

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.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Photo: Sarah Gonser for 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. Photo: Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report.

Mississippi accountability ratings gloomy for Jackson schools

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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.” “Superintendents, principals and teachers have all worked diligently to implement higher academic standards and help students achieve better outcomes.

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.,

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

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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.

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.) Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts.

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. As the teacher, you’re used to being the control valve for content, assessment, feedback, and reporting. You probe, prompt, front-load, and assess.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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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.

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.

“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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Number of Schools Using Expeditionary Learning Model Growing

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” EL Education has experienced what President and Chief Executive Scott Hartl calls “explosive growth” as states are rehauling academic standards and the tests that follow to build more critical thinking and problem solving.

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.

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.

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.

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.