Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core


Prodigy’s math content is completely curriculum-aligned and covers standards from the Common Core, MAFs, and TEKS curricula depending on your location. The progress reports highlight individual strengths and needs.

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students

The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Back in 2013, when New York was one of the first states in the nation to adopt Common Core standards and administer tougher tests, children’s test scores initially plummeted. “Common Core is more conceptual with math.

Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

The panel found that 79 percent of NAEP items in 4th grade math assessed content included in the CCSS at grade 4 or below. In the 8th grade, 87 percent of NAEP items assessed math included in the CCSS at grade 8 or below—a degree of alignment the report described as “strong.”

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

Common Core is changing how schools teach ELA and math

eSchool News

New report finds Common Core is affecting reading and math — but not test scores. On that point, it appears Common Core’s changes are winning out over entrenched practice. In math, the report notes that CCSS take a “more restricted view.”

Idaho Schools Get Mixed Common Core Test Results

K-12 Schools - Education News

Now, the first results are in from Common Core, showing that only half of the state’s students or less in grades three to eight and 10th grade are proficient or above in math and English. K-12 Schools Common Core Idaho Education

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Pearson CEO John Fallon recently met with a group of reporters at Education Week’ s offices and spoke about his company’s business strategies and record, and offered a defense against some of its detractors’ claims. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

eSchool News

Senate action to give states more testing and evaluation flexibility, Common Core resistance continues. Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

NYC Principal Commits Suicide After Common Core Test Cheating

K-12 Schools - Education News

Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, principal of a West Harlem school in New York, committed suicide one day after her students took state Common Core exams, the results of which had to be discarded because Worrell-Breeden manipulated test answers.

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.

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.

Common Core Opt Out Movement Strong in NY, Grows Nationwide

K-12 Schools - Education News

As schools roll out new testing aligned with Common Core standards this Spring, the opt out movement is seeing an increase across the country. While the movement is still new, it is gaining momentum as it moves throughout the over 40 states that have adopted the Common Core standards.

Oregon’s Scores Flat in Second Year of Common Core Testing

K-12 Schools - Education News

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons). The Oregonian’s Betsy Hammond writes that 55% of all pupils mastered the Common Core English standards, while only 42% met the proficiency levels on the math exam.

Idaho Schools Get Mixed Common Core Test Results

K-12 Schools - Education News

Now, the first results are in from Common Core, showing that only half of the state’s students or less in grades three to eight and 10th grade are proficient or above in math and English. K-12 Schools Common Core Idaho Education

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?


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.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

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 one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

What we were doing was attached to the old standards, but the thinking and the logic was very Common Core, very focused on conceptual understanding,” said Johnstone. Related: Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first. Read more about Common Core.

Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!


It’s common core aligned, and has tons of problems and videos Every question and every video in Front Row is common core aligned, so I know it’s teaching the right material. I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row.

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.

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.

“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.

Engage With Your Learning Community: MasteryConnect (a CommonCore Resource)


MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards. You can now view common assessments on the iPad.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. … There’s another camp that says English language learners are going to be inherently disadvantaged because of the additional language demands built into Common Core.”

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask


Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL. Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL. Without good assessment, it’s hard for district decision-makers to decide what resources to invest in; it’s hard for teachers to tailor instruction based on student strengths and needs; it’s hard to evaluate how students are doing in response to instruction; and it’s hard to engage in data-based continuous improvement.

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

The CoolCatTeacher

To simplify the process for teachers, they’ve aligned their virtual math manipulatives to Common Core and State Standards. You can print out parent reports in their native language too.) Can virtual manipulatives be used as formative assessment tools?

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.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing


Assessment For Learning. We walk you through the process of distinguishing between various assessment types, building goals, identifying best practices around your assessments and analyzing your data to make lasting instructional decisions throughout the year. Students will have a blast competing with their classmates and racking up points for correct answers, speed and winning streaks while preparing for state assessments and deepening their understanding.

Oregon DOE Releases Report Cards, Delays Evaluations for a Year

K-12 Schools - Education News

Oregon’s 1,200 public schools were issued report cards last week to offer insights into which schools achieved the most progress in math, reading, and writing last school year and which schools did not. This information will appear on next year’s report cards.

EngageNY a Solid Alternative to Expensive Curriculum, Report Says

K-12 Schools - Education News

Fordham Institute report which assessed the venture discovered that the effort provides an “excellent alternative” to curricula from large publishers. In the report, “ Uncommonly Engaging? alignment to essential Common Core expectations and skills does not suffer.

CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

K-12 Schools - Education News

A newly-released report from the Center for American Progress has found that gains are being made in student achievement across numerous reform-oriented states and school districts. K-12 Schools Center for American Progress Common Core

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;

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech


To supplement in-person support offered during class and lunch periods, I published a simple Google site to house my lessons, assessments, and other resources. I stepped up my game by adding even more videos and assessment exercises to my class website, mining resources from IXL and CK-12. Using Academy, administrators can identify and act on aggregate achievement trends, manage curriculum and assessment, and efficiently integrate other tools they’ve come to rely on.

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


These conferences are rarely original and are often a missed opportunity to truly connect with parents about something beyond the report card. Grades not only became accessible, but my students no longer had to wait until progress reports to ask for additional work to get them on their way; instead, this became an ongoing practice. Find the right tools As report card season for the school year gets underway, I encourage educators to do their due diligence.

3 critical education topics affecting U.S. students

eSchool News

Brown Center on Education releases annual report examining three distinct areas of education. Assessments Common Core News Research Top News

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Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data


By allowing student information systems, rostering tools, assessment software, etc. Right now, if you go to an SEA—state educational agency—or a local educational agency, or an individual school, they will have a student information system, an assessment system, a content management system, a learning management system. Education Technology Big Data Research EdTech Lexicon Assessment Driven Curriculum Common Core State Standards Data and Research

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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board


An increasing number of schools —including charter and traditional public schools—are making a similar move to ditch traditional grades in favor of a more robust approach to assessing students’ skills. Students can still receive traditional letter grades,” he explains of his plans to roll out an alternative assessment model. “Or We’ve always felt like it works,” he explains of Berthold’s assessment model.