A Test Worth Teaching To? How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT


But if Kantar is fighting an uphill battle for Imbellus , the simulation-based assessment company she founded in 2016 and now manages, then a handful of venture capital firms are ready to fight it with her. Kantar wanted to break all the rules of assessment. Developed with learning science, psychometrics and artificial intelligence, Imbellus is a digital, scenario-based assessment set in the context of the natural world. A screenshot of the Imbellus assessment.

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment


In hybrid courses, IDLA teachers and students meet on a weekly basis in real-time (synchronously), in addition to the asynchronous nature of online content and assessments, which students can tackle on their own time, at their own piece. One important note: there was no correlation between IELA Level (related to an assessment the state uses to identify language level for ELL Students) and Final Grade, indicating that language was not the greatest barrier to student success.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Teachers now assess students’ proficiency across four categories: basic, approaching, proficient and advanced. Robins sees clear benefits to doing away with class rank and assessing students as individuals on their own path to mastery.

After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

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K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Immigration Crisis Politics Social emotionalDalimar Rastello, director of Patchogue-Medford school district’s language programs, checks in on an immigrant student at the high school. Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

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Only, rather than sending health care or social service providers to support parents and assess young children’s readiness for school, McDowell is sending teachers directly to kids’ homes — including high schoolers’ — to counsel, persuade and cajole them to graduate on time and plan for their future.

Held back, but not helped

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In the mid-2000s, Louisiana implemented high-stakes tests known as Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP, which required fourth and eighth graders to show that they were grade-level proficient. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotional

The community college “segregation machine”

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Rodriguez was forced into remedial math by the community college’s placement test, which assesses a student’s ability to succeed in for-credit, higher education classes.

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.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Schools are supposed to revise the IEP document annually in partnership with the student’s parents and conduct a barrage of assessments to reevaluate the child’s disability classification every three years. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special education

Report outlines long road ahead for Jackson Public Schools

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But he also offered a stark assessment: “The reality is, we don’t have the capacity right here today to do everything right now,” Greene said. K-12 News achievement gap Data and research Graduation and dropouts

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

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Students who routinely miss school get individual assessments and attendance success plans geared toward their unique needs and circumstances. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Parents Social emotional

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

For students with disabilities, quality of education can depend on zip code

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She fought for years and went to court to stop her district from giving her daughter certain assessments. The district needed these assessments in order to push Guldan’s daughter, Rebecca, into a graduation track specifically for students with disabilities.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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Calendar-driven midterm and final exams are jettisoned in favor of ongoing assessments. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standardsBenito Juarez Community Academy students waiting in the cafeteria for first period class to begin.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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The alternative diploma, attained through the LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA1) graduation pathway, allows students with severe disabilities to forgo typical academic expectations and requirements, and it doesn’t end with the high school diploma.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

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An accurate and thoughtful assessment of a student’s abilities and interests. Many districts rely on formal assessments to help schools create viable plans for students. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special education

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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Is anyone interested in taking an assessment today?” Higher Ed News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion Personalized Learning Rural schools SolutionsProfessor Scott Dobrin works with two students inside a lab at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

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That evolution has sped up since 2001, when the state introduced a requirement that students pass a statewide assessment (known as the MCAS) to earn a high school diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Personalized Learning Social emotional SolutionsHATHORNE, Mass. —

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Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. College dropouts cost Minnesota millions of dollars in wasted subsidies and lost revenue each year. System leaders don’t dispute that assessment.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

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Jeremiah said that Vaux will be assessed on three metrics: academic performance (as measured by grades and test scores); academic and behavioral improvements over time; and students’ perspectives on the school and what they’re learning.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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Districts recognized the need to assess how the student would do in college or work or the community and then provide services in accordance with what they find.”. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation.

Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

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Considering that these data don’t include dropouts, it seems safe to say that no more than one in three American high-school students is capable of hitting the College Board’s benchmark. Assessment Higher Education college readiness higher ed

NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

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She not only treats patients, she goes into homes to assess risk factors. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts poverty Principals RaceFourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups. They are asked to write several drafts of essays to get used to revising their work. Photo: Tal Bar-Zemer.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

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In New Orleans, the large number of dropouts who lack HiSET credentials drives the astronomically high count of so-called “opportunity youth.” K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Solutions

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Bits of student performance data are only just starting to trickle out of the pilot schools, so it’s too early to assess most of them quantitatively. Most Basecamp schools make a lot of changes to the platform’s lesson plans, projects and assessments.

The journey to student-centered learning


And we keep wondering about the high rates of dropout students. And when their specific learning needs are met, the percentage of underachievers and dropouts shrinks, engagement rates and the likability of going to school go up, as well as student performance.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

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In the early 1990s, Kentucky districts were among those grading student portfolios and assessing performance tasks, instead of standardized tests, and they found themselves on the cutting edge of educational assessment. And not all districts want to do performance-based assessments.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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In this case that meant at the fringe of schools—in the advanced classes, foreign languages, and credit and dropout recovery options they couldn’t otherwise offer, for example. The elementary school in the Randolph Central School District uses blended learning to actually differentiate instruction and has significantly improved its students’ math scores on state assessments. Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools.

About 1 in 3 HS Seniors Prepared for College Math, NAEP Shows

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According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 37% of American 12th-graders are academically prepared for college math and reading. Additionally, the dropout rate has improved for every racial and ethnic group.

How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning


I’ve spent 16 years serving on and chairing the board of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and 25 years leading companies that serve schools and students of all kinds. Differentiation is typically described as an approach that incorporates one or more of the following components: Assessment —Use whatever you can learn about students to help them to connect to classroom instruction, both at the start of school and through ongoing informal and formal assessment all year long.

TEACHER VOICE: Raising the bar on high school diplomas slams the doors on the weakest students

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However, as every district is creating its own assessments, this alone calls the law’s existence into question. It also seems that it could increase the dropout rate, as students couldn’t see any end to retaking courses.

Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education: Bringing K-12 Educators the Broadest Choice of Student Achievement and Personalized Learning Offerings


The merger combines leading formative assessment and data platforms (Illuminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity and Alpine Achievement) with a leading formative item bank provider (Key Data Systems). “We’re

Alabama Policymakers Explore How to Increase Early Literacy Proficiency


In fact, research shows that nearly 90 percent of high school dropouts were struggling readers in third grade. Students in all eight – including Florida and Mississippi – outperform states without such policies on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Alabama yesterday to speak with the House Education Committee.

Mississippi governor named chairman of National Education Center

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The state has seen some education success, such as improved graduation and dropout rates since 2011, and has made strides in third grade reading; however, Mississippi is often nationally ranked as one of the lowest-performing states in education.

The development industry has the development equation backwards

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George Eastman, the father of photography and the founder of the Eastman Kodak company, was a high-school dropout and not considered particularly bright according to the standards of his era. Development practitioners and policy makers would be wise to prioritize innovation—assessing the regions where they work and investing in practical solutions that solve real local problems.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

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Elementary schools, on the other hand, operate on a whole-class basis instead of course-by-course and aren’t yet dealing with dropouts or students in need of credit recovery.

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Adapting to the New Classroom


Our elementary and middle schools utilize i-Ready diagnostics to form enrichment and intervention groups,” says Dr. Julia Lamons, assessment supervisor at Greene County Schools. The i-Ready Standards Mastery system allows apples-to-apples assessment for grades 2–8 in ELA and math.

Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help


Left untreated, mental health concerns can contribute to high school dropout rates. She also learned how to assess for suicide risk by asking questions like, “Are you having thoughts of hurting yourself?”

What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

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This echoes a 2009 report by Public Agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which found that boredom played a major or minor role in 45% of recent college dropouts’ decisions to leave school. Dedicated to individual students from matriculation to graduation, CfA coaches initially help students assess their needs and construct their goals.