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How NOT to Assess Student Writing

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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.

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

The Hechinger Report

Even though Ramirez is only in second grade, she’s already learning skills that hopefully will come in handy when she starts taking New York’s Common Core-aligned assessment tests next year. The 2016 assessments were met with more protests as the opt-out movement continued.

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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.

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

The Hechinger Report

It’s been over five years since Kentucky adopted the Common Core, guidelines for what students need to know in math and the English language arts in each grade. Related: Common Core ignores underprivileged students — and testing will lead to more achievement gaps.

How To Effectively Use Educational Assessment Tools

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Overview of educational assessment tools focusing on Summative assessment and Formative assessment. A comparison of summative assessment and formative assessment. The main components of being an educator are preparation, teaching, and assessment.

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.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

These conferences are rarely original and are often a missed opportunity to truly connect with parents about something beyond the report card. My students dominated the family conferences after the superhero unit, presenting their work to parents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, other teachers—literally anyone who would listen. Find the right tools As report card season for the school year gets underway, I encourage educators to do their due diligence.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

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Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments.

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;

Achieve Report Shows Honesty Gap in State, National Test Results

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report issued by the national education reform organization Achieve suggests that a gap present between results on state and national tests show that states are misinforming the public concerning student proficiency in language arts and math.

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

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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.

What is Standards-based Grading?

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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.

Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

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Many of us find students benefit greatly when the school employs curriculum-based assessments to measure progress. This is done through its standards-aligned assessment library or teacher-created assessments developed from a bank of over 60,000 standards-specific questions.

Online AP Testing Glitches Force Some Students to Retake Exam

Edsurge

For Elise Mullen, a junior at Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., A few years ago, many states reported problems with administering Common Core tests. Education Technology Assessments

How to Prepare for the SAT

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Here, you can register for an SAT test, send score reports to colleges, go behind the curtain to see what concepts are tested on each section, and practice for the test with authentic questions and full-length practice tests. More on assessments: 12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning.

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Visible Learning and John Hattie

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That includes everything from Common Core to the IB philosophy, from Depth of Knowledge to Project-based Learning. Assessment is about my impact. They assess their learning, determine if it’s succeeding, and decide what to do about it.

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

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Along the way, students juggle rent, gas, groceries, taxes, car payments, and life’s ever-present emergencies. Students finish the program with an assessment of knowledge and certificates. The app also includes which Common Core Math Standards are addressed by the gameplay.

edWeb Survey on Teacher Professional Development

edWeb.net

All educators need PD and learning that is relevant to their practice to keep up with the rapid pace of change in technology and education initiatives such as ESSA, Common Core, Next Gen Science Standards, Future Ready, and more. I’ve presented at a conference, workshop, or webinar.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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Open Up Resources (OUR) is a series of free c ompetency-based Common Core-aligned curricula (math, ELA, and reading). I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

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In fact, Forbes reported that 82% of public high schoolers in the well-to-do Montgomery County Maryland failed Algebra. DimensionU is a collection of engaging interactive multiplayer fantasy games for grades 2-10 (some can be played solo) that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy.

Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum

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Programs are geared to the particular learning of Elementary and Middle School, and Middle and High School with games and lessons aligned to state and national standards like Common Core, TEKS and MAFS. More detailed reports are available online through the user account.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Using the common language of wonder, kids and educators around the world can collaborate on creative challenges in an engaging and purposeful app environment that encourages self-directed creativity, global community and social-emotional learning. The professional development offered in the Summer Institute 2014 will provide you with resources, strategies, curriculum design, assessments and more! The Learning Revolution Weekly Update July 1st, 2014 Technology is just a tool.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

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positive parent reports. aligned with Blooms Taxonomy, Common Core, ISTE, or other state/national/international standards. Grammaropolis is aligned with both national Common Core standards and Texas Expected Knowledge and Skills Objectives for grades K-6.

April is Financial Literacy Month–Try these Resources

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The site includes Common Core Math Standards addressed with play. It also includes a teacher’s guide, a series of lesson plans, and the Common Core standards addressed. The app also includes which Common Core Math Standards are addressed by the gameplay.

Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

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Zap Zap Math is a free gamified way to teach math skills that’s tied to many national and international standards (like Common Core). The Education account includes a student report card so all stakeholders can track student progress.

8 Reasons Why Students Should Create Videos and 15 Webtools to Do That

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So why shouldn’t students create videos when constructing knowledge for formative or summative assessments? Why insist they write a report, participate in a play, or create a poster instead? That’s right out of Common Core writing standards.

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6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun

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Consider the academic need to: write reports. collaborate on Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, Presentations. 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

13 Edtech Tools Every Teacher and Student Should Know About

Wisewire

They can be used to display images, play multimedia files, make interactive presentations, and manipulate elements on the screen. Students can also use this tool to practice their creativity and imagination and create visuals to enhance presentations. #4

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Let Students Learn From Failure

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Common Core expect students to write-edit-resubmit. These are difficult to quantify on a report card, but critical to life-long success. Anecdotally assess their daily efforts and let that count as much as a summative exam that judges a point in time. Assess grit.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The end result is a beautiful slide presentation of the elements of the Frayer Model for each vocabulary word. ” Haiku Deck is a presentation application that includes high-resolution stock photography to help you create visually appealing presentations.

3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing

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These include (rephrased from Common Core Writing Standards): dig deeply into subjects of interest to achieve better understanding and to build knowledge. assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

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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. Certificate Creator - Creating certificates is a pretty common tasks in education. like this ) Embed the chart into a Document , Presentation , or Google Site and watch it grow!

Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Mindprint Learning provides a cognitive assessment developed for children that can be administered online. Results are presented in a learning profile of strengths and weaknesses along with recommendations of learning strategies and supports.

3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

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Teachers and parents know all this and still, the Literacy Company reports that most teachers in classes of twenty+ students spend only five minutes a day reading, and 46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.

7 Skills Students Need for Today’s Classwork

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Creating an online graphic organizer on the animal kingdom doesn’t necessarily conflate with knowing how to compare-contrast (a skill mentioned thirty-eight times by Common Core between kindergarten and eighth grade). Classrooms are infused with technology.