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

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Chris Berdik for 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? Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report.

‘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.

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.

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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 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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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.

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.

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. 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. In late 2014, Pearson was replaced as the state’s test provider for the Tennessee standardized tests.

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

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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.”

OPINION: Race to the Top laws are still on the books, but state commitments remain uneven

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In exchange for a significant investment of federal funding, states like Tennessee would volunteer to enact new policies to raise standards, increase accountability, build new data systems and lift caps on the number of public charter schools. It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.,

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

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Progress reports go out on Thursday and the teachers are up in arms because they can’t enter scores into their online gradebook. 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

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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). 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. For Edulastic, an online assessment provider, being on the platform helped close deals. “If

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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. Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report. ?. QUITMAN, Miss. —