Data analysis reveals keys to student success

The Hechinger Report

With the right analysis, teachers and administrators can discover similar correlations between things like student support and course completion. Read high-quality news about innovation and inequality in education at The Hechinger Report. .

How NOT to Assess Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In my school, every teacher assesses writing. That’s not just for essays or reports but slideshows, blog posts, comments in forums, and more. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments. As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. .

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20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Recently, we discussed our favorite formative assessment tools for the classroom, and I wanted to share these here for you as a resource. 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom. (in

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. An analysis of the data showed that students in the blended pilot saw small gains in test scores.

Few States Offer or Require Financial Education Classes, Report Says

K-12 Schools - Education News

According to a recent report from the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, only five states in the country deserve a grade of A or A+ for their financial education efforts. Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia received an A on the report.

How Can Alternative Assignments Effectively Assess Student Learning? #DLNchat


On Tuesday, April 24 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can Alternative Assignments Effectively Assess Student Learning? Where there’s an alternative there must be a standard, so we started our chat creating a list of what those standard assignment are: exams, quizzes, essays, reports, lab manuals and the like. I often think of standard assessments as ‘show me what you know’ and alternative assessments as ‘demonstrate what you can do with that knowledge.’”

Achieve Report: States Making Progress On ‘Honesty Gap’

K-12 Schools - Education News

Achieve, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization, has released a new edition of its “Proficient vs. Prepared” report that shows many states have begun to be more open about accurate levels of student proficiency in math and English Language Arts.

New Report Offers Evidence-Based Research and Guidance for Developing Engaging, Effective Online Science Courses


Analysis showed that the consistently higher grades through use of the course are a result of better concept mastery and efficient problem-solving, not simplified concepts or easier grading than the traditional instruction.

Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)


Schools and districts needed a way to standardize data about their students’ backgrounds and achievement levels to meet state and federal reporting requirements. Reports to Insights. Can a student’s activity on Khan Academy offer any clues into why he or she did not do well on the problem-solving section of an online benchmark math assessment? Is the student an English language learner who does best with visual and verbal cues not included on the assessment?

How to Create and Use Benchmark Assessments to Improve Student Achievement

A Principal's Reflections

Benchmark assessments are testing tools that are used throughout the year, as opposed to final examinations, which are taken at the end of each school year. In general, benchmark assessments are conducted many times in a year (once every few months or even once a month) to help educational authorities to assess the level of proficiency of a student, and compare their performance on these tests to others of their age group and academic level in the district or the state.

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: Torsh TALENT, Teacher Impact Reports, Listenwise


Teacher Impact Reports Patrick is a Math, Science, STEM & Assessment Coordinator at an Illinois district. EdSurge: What was the problem in your classroom or school that you were trying to solve when you implemented Teacher Impact Reports? Patrick: As a school district, we were trying to find a data warehousing and analytics provider that was dynamic enough to support our ever changing and growing assessment needs.

Has the Game Really Changed? Reporter’s Notebook from the 2017 Games for Change Festival


GlassLab , a nonprofit backed by the MacArthur Foundation and Gates Foundation to build learning games, assessment dashboards and a distribution portal, used to feature prominently in the event but has since been in limbo. Cooperative play can also lead to higher gains, according to a 2013 meta-analysis ( PDF ) in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

On capturing evidence in a few new containers


Around this time each year we share the year and we report on accomplishments. They’re great for pre- and post assessments, but you can. It also generates spreadsheet-based reports. Assessments may be shared with multiple teachers and tracked longitudinally.

Does the education budget reveal a ‘DeVos Doctrine?’

The Hechinger Report

This had been previously reported on, but I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot more coverage of the loan forgiveness program and eliminating subsidized loans would impact many more people. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Challenges Facing Edtech Procurement and Possible Solutions: Part 2

Digital Promise

Start with a Needs Assessment to Prioritize Students when Purchasing Edtech. Needs assessments provide a prescriptive process for evaluating students’ instructional needs. creating a strategy for identifying needs, analysis, and participants.

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The rural school district Obama fought to save

The Hechinger Report

Martin had the lowest ratings possible for achievement and improvement on its state report card that year. told The Hechinger Report. Achievement for rural students has been mostly flat in the Obama years, the National Assessment of Educational progress, or NAEP, shows.

Free edTPA Tools Support Teacher Candidates and Programs


Streamline video analysis. Our task parts are configured to only accept the file types allowed per the assessment specification. Reporting? Features In-depth edtech update edTPA teachers video analysis video coaching

Illuminate to Sunset Student Information System in 2021


The email, signed by Illuminate CEO Christine Willig, says customers must switch to a new system, recommending by name Aequitas, Aeries, Infinite Campus and Skyward because they “have solid integration protocols” between their systems and Illuminate’s data and assessment platform, called DnA.

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What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

How many times have you experienced teachers who based report card grades on how well students complete classwork, homework, and quizzes? Here’s a good four-minute video overview of SBG: SBG reminds teachers that the goal isn’t to write the book report but communicate ideas.

Teachers shouldn’t have to be their students’ judges

The Christensen Institute

Would you worry about your ability to honestly and fairly assess the athletes on your team? There’s an entire field called psychometrics dedicated to developing scientific techniques for ensuring that assessments are valid and reliable. Unbundling teaching and assessment.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

More than 50% of teachers report they have one computer for every student (on average) and that changes for the better every year. They learn these topics and then demonstrate competency via varied forms of assessment. . Constructive Conversations – Assessing Student Conversations.

Testing Literacy Today Requires more than a Pencil and Paper

Digital Promise

The results of large-scale tests may be used by schools or policy-makers to make important decisions such as grouping students by ability or assessing how well schools are doing. In Canada, assessment reforms and innovations are slowly taking shape.

Three Things Teachers Need to Spot—and Stop—Plagiarism


Ask any educator who teaches five classes of 30 students each per day; there’s a lot of homework to assess. Plagiarism-detection software can address the most pressing needs of classroom educators faced with assessing students’ written work. This allows teachers to spend more time assessing the most meaningful aspects of student writing—such as style, tone and voice—instead of determining whether the content is original or plagiarized.

How AI’s ‘Endless Well of Patience’ Can Augment What Teachers Do


While the student tackles subjects online, the AI generates ongoing analysis of the student’s state of knowledge. Education Technology Artificial Intelligence Big Data Assessments Technology Trends Teaching & Learning Tutoring

OPINION: How do you measure social and emotional learning?

The Hechinger Report

. In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed. But the field has lacked an organized method of identifying, choosing and using the best assessments to measure students’ competencies. Related: The limits of online assessments.

The Role Analytics Should Play in Your District's Decision-Making Process


Assembling this information makes analysis down the road much easier. Neil Bolton, Executive Director of Technology for Cedar Hill, sums up the need many administrators have this way: “We don’t want to spend money on applications we aren’t using; so, there are reporting tools that show how many clicks, or how many sign-on’s there are for each app.” Education Technology Assessments Technology in School

Platform helps Ga. districts measure student, teacher performance

eSchool News

In many states, a majority of teachers, for at least part of the instructional day, teach subjects that are not assessed by state tests. Our previous assessment platform had several limitations. Performance Matters has a firm foundation in assessment and data analysis.

College- and career-ready expectations for students with disabilities

eSchool News

Achieve and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) released “ Diplomas that Matter: Ensuring Equity of Opportunity for Students with Disabilities ,” a new report analyzing the diplomas available to students with disabilities in each state for the graduating class of 2015.

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Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations

Digital Promise

Analysis of product submissions highlighted 53 edtech products that were grounded in research. In spring 2019, Digital Promise developed a rubric and application to assess whether edtech products incorporated learning sciences research into product design.

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Stories from the Road to Data Interoperability

Digital Promise

Creating the Assessment Data Interoperability Challenge Collaborative. Together with a team of researchers and developers, this group formed the Assessment Data Interoperability Challenge Collaborative. ANALYSIS. Schools are drowning in data.

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How NEO helped me work my way into a blended learning environment


With NEO I was able to give instructions for lab activities, assign questions for analysis and then ask students to write a lab report uploaded from their Google Drive. Several years ago I decided to flip my classroom.

Pearson launches DRA2+ app for iPad

eSchool News

DRA2+ app guides teachers through reading assessment. Pearson has launched the Developmental Reading Assessment, Second Edition PLUS (DRA2+) iPad App for literacy assessment. head of Pearson’s Assessment Product Solutions group.

Rethink How Teachers Advance their Careers with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Over the last 10 years policymakers have focused much of their K-12 school reform attention on making the evaluation of teachers more rigorous and tying performance results to their compensation (see recent Calder report here ).