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.


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Alabama community college overhaul improves the odds for unprepared students

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Sides has a similar assessment at Northwest-Shoals. Higher Education Solutions Adult learning Back to Class 2021 community college Coronavirus and Education Curriculum Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion The South

How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

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Last year, researchers at NWEA, an independent nonprofit assessment company, published an analysis of data from the autumn 2020 MAP Growth tests of more than 4 million public school students.

OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience

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The educational value of a black teacher

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Wright, a professor of economics at Western Washington University, behavioral assessments of black students in the classroom significantly improve when they have a black teacher rather than a white teacher.

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. Because by teaching, assessing knowledge, tracking progress, and personalizing to student needs, we can determine if students are accomplishing what they must to complete the work of learning. This is done through its standards-aligned assessment library or teacher-created assessments developed from a bank of over 60,000 standards-specific questions.

Should we screen kids’ genes to ‘predict’ how successful they’ll be in school?

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To do this, researchers are turning to a relatively new genetic approach called the polygenic score, which assesses a person’s likelihood for a specific future based on a combination of genetic variables.

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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. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion poverty Rural schools

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 emotionalDomonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Maher amended his comments in late June, after Johns Hopkins published its review: The district should “conduct an internal assessment” to see which personalized-learning platforms “may need to be reconsidered,” he said, through a spokeswoman.). K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized LearningIn tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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We discuss their goals and what they are working on, and if they had an assessment we might talk about that,” she said. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning teachersDan D. Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. DALLAS — In December 1997, a sixth-grader at Dan D.

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. Higher Ed News achievement gap community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion Race TestingAnthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math.

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

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But they also note many efforts underway to assess interventions and ensure bad actors don’t undermine the field. K-12 Curriculum Data and research Discipline Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma poverty Principals Race Social emotionalMeghan Groves, a teacher at Washington-Lee Elementary School, in Bristol, Virginia, leads her first graders in “closing circle,” where they talk about how their day went. Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. BRISTOL, Va. —

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. Michael’s IEP allowed him to work in small groups, have extended time on assessments and use a computer for written assignments. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMichael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation.

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.

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. Once students have demonstrated competency in a course through a written or project-based assessment, they can move on to the next course in that subject area at their own pace. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

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. Many of these plans are still under review by the Department of Education, which is charged with assessing the plans based on the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Parents Social emotional

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. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. How one district solved its special education dropout problem. Julie Comeaux and son Matthew begin their home-schooling lesson for the day.

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 judge eventually sided with the district, allowing it to give Rebecca the assessments that would make her eligible for the certificate track. Jawanda Mast with her daughter Rachel. Photo: Courtesy Jawanda Mast.

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

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In a standards-based grading curriculum, geography and literacy — the two skills necessary to absorb the content — would be assessed individually, thus offering each student a clear understanding of what they need to improve while providing their teacher with the feedback needed to facilitate that improvement. Calendar-driven midterm and final exams are jettisoned in favor of ongoing assessments. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standards

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. Dobrin has embraced the school’s new proficiency-based education model and now offers his students many choices inside his classes. Photo: Robbie Feinberg for The Hechinger Report.

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 educationThis story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post.

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.”. The department has developed a long list of formal and informal assessments that districts can use, as well as a “transition planning form” that requires educators to lay out a student’s “postsecondary vision” as well as all the skills they’ll need to achieve it. Adam Salomon at his high school graduation.

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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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 dropoutsHigh school students from Jackson Public Schools gather to discuss ways to improve district schools at Jackson Convention Complex in Mississippi last week. Photo:Liz Willen/ The Hechinger Report.

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. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning poverty Race School choice Social emotional

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.” Last fall, YEP staff set up shop to provide HiSET-prep for at-risk New Orleans high-school students — before they became dropouts — within its Central City campus, housed within a grand historic bank-building that seems appropriately academic in appearance. 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. Summit partnered with Stanford’s Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity to develop the rubric for evaluating the cognitive skills in each grade. Most Basecamp schools make a lot of changes to the platform’s lesson plans, projects and assessments. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts teachers

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education


They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students. The engine will also assess the outcomes of such interventions—information that will help tailor and improve recommendations over time. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

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

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

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Rastello, one of the first of the new staff hired, helped open a centralized office for newcomers and created a registration process that ensured new students and their families went through interviews and assessments to figure out which students were on grade level but lacked English, and which had missed years of schooling at home. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Immigration Crisis Politics Social emotional

Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs


Do we have a programmatic assessment plan? Minimizing variation in the student learning experience by standardizing course content and assessment for all sections. Even once students have selected and enrolled in a program, and even if that program’s learning structure is sound, the risk of student dropout or failure remains. Does our program support a prior learning assessment model?

Top e-learning trends to keep an eye on in 2020


The world of education has adopted digital learning as a reliable way of delivering instruction, assessing student progress and supporting better academic outcomes. This drives learner engagement, boosts retention rates and reduces the course dropout rates.

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