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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.* But they struggle when kids still don’t meet Developmental Reading Assessment benchmarks.

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

NeverEndingSearch

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.

“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.

Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

The challenge for me was to design an “assessment” that was meaningful. I had tried everything from the traditional book report style assessment to more creative movie trailers, but I didn’t feel like they accomplished what I wanted from a silent sustained reading assessment.

Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum

A Principal's Reflections

You will hear from a science teacher, a social studies teacher, and an art teacher as each provides her take on how the Common Core and 21st Century learning goals affect what goes on in the classroom. Common Core Standards Addressed: WHST.9-10.6;

Learn Why EduSight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement | @EduSight

TeacherCast

Jeff sits down with Vikram to discuss why EduSight is simply the best standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student achievement. Edusight is a standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student learning with grades, notes, photos, and audio/video comments.

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The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. These are industrial documents. What Should Assessments “Do”?

Reading for the Jaded Student & All: Curriculet partners with USA Today

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

In addition to its free on-demand digital library filled with popular books, Curriculet now allows students to read news articles with embedded assessments that develop literacy skills and build subject area knowledge. common core curriculet digital Reading

Creating Skills Assessment Rubrics Revised and Aligned with Blooms & CCSS

Saving Socrates

The past week I have been spending a lot of time revamping Magen David''s Skills assessment rubrics to align them to the Common Core. Because Magen David is a regents school, we need to align our curriculum to the common core and this is a fundamental part of the process. Magen David has a skills based report card which unlike the traditional report card, serves to let students know, twice a year, how they are doing in acquiring skills.

State Testing Disruptions Likely Produced Dips and Gains in Student Scores, Study Says

Marketplace K-12

The disruptions in online assessments that roiled Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in the spring of 2015 appear to have had both negative and positive effects on individual students’ test scores, according to a new analysis. While some students’ scores appeared to have been hurt by “logout” interruptions, evidence suggests others may have actually benefited from temporarily getting booted out of the system, a conclusion the authors of the report base on statistical modeling.

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Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment

Edsurge

My district has taken on new initiatives the past few years (as all districts do) to solve the well-documented, disconnected nature between high school graduates and workplace preparedness. We have aligned English Language Arts curriculum to the North Dakota Common Core State Standards, and redesigned units to address possible gaps. The reconfiguring and implementation of these two areas—curriculum and assessment—undoubtedly costs money and time.

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.

On capturing evidence in a few new containers

NeverEndingSearch

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.

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Otus

Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.

Otus

Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.

25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!)

The Electric Educator

Book report generator - Writing reflectively is a key component of the common core standards. Using AutoCrat and FormMule, attendees are automatically notified with the meeting details and invited to add their agenda items to the agenda document.

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Otus

Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.

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. The new seven-month contract with Pearson was finalized using an emergency procurement process after the education department collaborated with the state’s central procurement office, according to a “Frequently Asked Questions” document the department released. See also: Tennessee Terminates Contract with Assessment Provider Measurement Inc.

6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

Consider the academic need to: write reports. use online tools for core classes (Wordle, Animoto, Story Creators). By 3rd grade, Common Core discusses the use of keyboarding to produce work, i.e., CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.6

21st Century Learning with Explain Everything – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

What does assessment look like in 21st Century education? With the rise of the Common Core and the PARCC tests, there is no question that we are living in an era of accountability. Assessment should not only be summative but also formative, ongoing, and project-based.

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration

Kleinspiration

Create rich, multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, documents and more. Students can retell main parts of a book, report on a historical event, or explain steps in a math problem. Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry!

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Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

Otus

Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. It addresses Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3.a

Chronicle

Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!

What A Struggling School Looks Like On Paper

TeachThought - Learn better.

In this follow-up post we look more closely at a range of data from two successful schools and one school identified in the Cuomo Report on Failing Schools. Here are its survey and quality report data: Overall Survey Data (and comparative graduation data).

Rethinking Teaching with Available Canvas Tools

Tech Helpful

If you create discussions in Canvas you can have students discuss documents, links, YouTube videos, or just about any discussion starter you can think of. Users can import Account, State, and Common Core Standards into an account and course.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy

TeachThought - Learn better.

5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy. And arguably the greatest weakness of the Common Core Standards is to avoid being extra-careful in their use of cognitive-focused verbs, along the lines of the rationale for the Taxonomy.

Game Changer: When teachers prove they can teach all kinds of students

The Hechinger Report

Teachers participate in a Common Core training session in Kingsport, Tenn. The growing movement to require aspiring teachers to pass performance-based assessments to demonstrate that they can teach what they know – to all of their students – is a seismic shift for the field.

OPINION: Fewer students have to take college remedial math, data show

The Hechinger Report

That decline, recently documented in a survey of math and statistics departments by the Conference Board for Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), is great news for students. Twelfth-graders’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have barely budged over the last 10 years.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Summit, for example, will contribute more than 16,000 comprehensive Common Core-aligned resources for students in sixth through 12th grades in October, and High Tech High has already contributed over 4,000 resources. Material from a press release was used in this report.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Ten more states sued the federal government on Friday over a directive to public schools on bathroom use by transgender students , adding their objections to those of 11 states that brought a lawsuit soon after the directive was released in May,” The New York Times reports. Testing, Testing… “ Nevada officials announced Tuesday that a common-core assessment consortium will credit the state $1.8 Education Politics.

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Your Essential Back to School EdTech Checklist

Fractus Learning

Ensure document cameras, projectors, etc., Subscribe to Common Sense Media , which has a WEALTH of tools to help your students grow as digital citizens. – Fast and fun game-based formative assessment. by Karen Larson and Gene Tognetti.

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