Assessing Maker Education Projects

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Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople. Educators should be clear about why they include assessment in their instruction; be strategic and intentional in its use.

Research Uncovers An Important Link Between SEL and Course Outcomes


Image Source: Panorama Education While students’ performance on math and ELA assessments were most closely linked to failures, SEL variables were next in line. Students who report low levels of these SEL skills are more likely to fail courses.

Base college accreditation on outcomes, not inputs

The Christensen Institute

To understand their children’s progress in school, reasonable parents would likely look at their report cards, ask them how things are going, or talk to their teachers. But, were they to evaluate their children’s education the way colleges and universities are evaluated, parents would instead be metaphorically digging through their children’s backpacks and assessing the quality of their pens and paper. Only one of those criteria pertains to student success and outcomes.

Employment Outcomes Data Is All Over The Place. This Report Suggests Ways To Standardize It.


And for those students, accurate employment outcomes data isn’t always easy to come by. At the school’s vocational nursing program in Corpus Christi, Texas, 75 percent of graduates were reported to land jobs as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses—but that’s only according to the state’s definition of employment. Getting a job is the most cited reason for students choose where and whether they go to college,” says Neha Delal, a co-author of the report. “We

Higher ed outcomes: Lots of questions, few good answers

The Christensen Institute

Transitioning to an individual student record would enable institutions and regulators to track whether innovations are effectively moving the needle on student outcomes. The lack of data also prevents higher education from moving forward: without good data on outcomes, stakeholders are locked into an input-based regulatory structure that constrains innovation. This makes it nearly impossible to assess performance of schools.

FETC 2019: K–12 Schools Evolve Their Data Focus to Improve Student Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

FETC 2019: K–12 Schools Evolve Their Data Focus to Improve Student Outcomes. One way to do this is to collect and assess how students perform even after graduation. . “We’re amy.burroughs_26341. Tue, 01/29/2019 - 15:11.

Mindful Literacy Assessment

Reading By Example

A teacher came up to me in the hallway, holding printed reports. ” She was referring to our screener results, the computerized assessments we have our students take in fall, winter, and spring. Unfortunately, educators too often end up in service to the assessment.

What is authentic assessment?

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Assessment. It's important because it shows that assessment drives they way we teach. Cathy proposes a causal link between the way we conduct assessment in formalised education and the deficit we see today in the workplace. Do you have good examples of authentic assessment?

Four Ways Digital Financial Education Is Improving Student Outcomes


We have seen students’ scores on pre- and-post assessments rise from a D to a B. Economic System KNOWLEDGE GAINS AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGE—After completing the FutureSmart Digital Course: Students’ financial knowledge increased by an average of 67%, based on pre- and post-assessment data collected in the 2016-2017 academic year. 25% of students who hadn't previously talked to their parents about finances reported that they were discussing financial topics covered in the course.

Too much technology could hurt learning outcomes

eSchool News

Students who use computers and learning technology at moderate levels tend to have better learning outcomes than students who use computers and learning technology rarely, according to new research from the OECD. In addition, the test assessed students’ internet browsing and navigation skills.

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

Education may well be a process – as we are increasingly becoming aware, a lifelong one – but it is a process that promises outcomes, and one of those outcomes is, typically, a quantitative measure of attainment, whether in the form of a letter-based or numerical grade.

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments. As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. .

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Data Helps K–12 School Districts Hire, Set Curricula and Improve Student Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

Data Helps K–12 School Districts Hire, Set Curricula and Improve Student Outcomes. News & World Report ? Before we had these analytics tools, teachers had to pull together different tools and assessments manually,” Nuland says. K12’s McCollum says his organization, which is focused on expanding its schools to Asia, uses a continuous-improvement methodology, changing tests, course content and assessments almost daily based on both data and current events.

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

The Hechinger Report

This 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. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

Digiexam and the future of assessment

EdNews Daily

Education may well be a process – as we are increasingly becoming aware, a lifelong one – but it is a process that promises outcomes, and one of those outcomes is, typically, a quantitative measure of attainment, whether in the form of a letter-based or numerical grade.

Why the nation’s K-12 accountability and assessment system doesn’t make the grade

The Christensen Institute

Two new studies lay bare how the assessment and accountability systems in use throughout the United States shortchange teachers and schools by not presenting accurately what their students know, can do, and have learned in the last year.

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The Road to Invisible Assessment


Are great teaching and assessment fundamentally at odds? One might think so because, unfortunately, the words “test” and “assessment” are often used interchangeably. Yet somehow assessment evokes a more positive reaction. Done well, assessment is ongoing, constant and invisible. Ten years ago, invisible assessment was a concept long on potential but limited by the realities of the classroom. But little by little, invisible assessment is becoming a reality.

How SAMR and Tech Can Help Teachers Truly Transform Assessment


Socrative , Kahoot and TopHat , are great tools for augmenting assessment, especially in flipped classrooms. These digital tools gamify the process of learning and help teachers quickly assess topics that require either more or less discussion, allowing students to move to independent and group work faster. Nearpod accomplishes this by taking a traditional lesson and infusing real time assessment, interactive experiences, and differentiated extensions.

Here’s how you tie spending to student outcomes—with big success

eSchool News

When I first came on board as the CFO in Pueblo, Colorado, I asked my finance manager to compile a complete financial report of all of our budgets. Instead, my jaw hit the ground when she brought me back a 500-page report in a PDF format! Initially, No Connection to Outcomes.

Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.


This is the first part of a two-part story looking at how MIT researchers are developing playful assessments to measure student growth. But assessments haven’t evolved at the same pace. By making assessment playful, we can get closer to measuring the things we actually value." They’re calling it “playful assessment.” Playful assessment, not to be mistaken for gamification, seeks to capture student mastery in many of the areas that are hard to gauge.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards.

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Report: Kindergarten Increasingly Pushing Academic Skills

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report suggests that accountability pressures have reached down through the elementary grades, causing kindergarten to become more focused on academic skills and less centered around opportunities for play.

Schoology launches Assessment Management Platform

eSchool News

Schoology Assessment Management Platform, or AMP, integrates learning management and assessment in one system, bringing together student learning experiences with comprehensive assessment and actionable reporting. Align assessments to standards and in turn, to curriculum.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. The first point of interest that the DOE observed was student outcomes.

The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students


A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there’s a lot we still don’t know — or at least that we’re not doing to make them effective tools for learning. For this report, the researchers asked millions of high school students in dozens of countries about their access to computers both in the classroom and at home, and compared their answers to scores on the 2012 PISA.

Defining the Skills for Success: New Report Signals the Difference Between Executive Function and Other Regulation-Related Skills

Digital Promise

Without clear definitions, it can be difficult to pinpoint which skills students are lacking — and to create and assess programs that build those skills. According to a new report from Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Sophie P. EF is typically assessed in emotionally-neutral contexts, usually in a lab environment, by using independent tasks that do not involve interactions with others. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments


The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. that of 'Grades,'” Earick writes in an upcoming report on the project. Those barriers include “(1) student assessments that don't accurately reflect students’ true understandings and skills and (2) methods for grouping students (by age) that often poorly align to their true needs as learners.”.

2 reports help leaders leverage ESSA

eSchool News

Two new reports offer school leaders research-based evidence to help them leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve learning outcomes for students. School leaders, policymakers can use ESSA to focus on boosting learning, achievement for students.

IO Education, EADMS merger will expand online formative assessment

eSchool News

Complementary formative assessment solutions will help educators better leverage tools. IO Education and Educator’s Assessment Data Management System (EADMS), a provider of K-12 assessment and data management software, have merged to better leverage online formative assessment capabilities.

A Futuristic Look at Assessing Learning


First, both use poor initial assessments, he said. In medicine, he said, we write prescription dosages based on the outcomes of large studies. Weeks or months later, based on their reports, their doctor may raise or lower the dosage slightly. “How do we enhance cognition?”.

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.

Report explores 3 college, career readiness strategies

eSchool News

Instead of wanting to assess students’ current knowledge, these stakeholders want to know more about students’ potential to achieve impactful and successful outcomes in the real world. Next page: Three readiness models in the report.

Head Start centers have ‘outsized role’ in rural Mississippi, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Head Start centers make up one-third of the center-based child care programs available in some of Mississippi’s most rural areas, providing critical child care services, access to health care, and early intervention services that children may not otherwise get, according to a new report.

Aim for individual mastery and the rest will follow

The Christensen Institute

A recent Bellwether Education Partners report, A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning , summarized the apparent friction facing policymakers: Personalized learning aims to change instruction in ways that customize students’ experiences—and, ultimately, lead to systemic changes in how students are assessed and progress to more advanced content. But it also conflates inputs with outcomes. Personalized learning is a process, not an outcome.

‘Personalized Learning’ Plays Role in Many States’ ESSA Plans, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

While many states are prioritizing personalized learning in their plans for accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, they aren't necessarily promoting the use of technology as a path to that outcome, researchers found. The post ‘Personalized Learning’ Plays Role in Many States’ ESSA Plans, Report Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It


When a competency-based approach to assessment is in place, students must show what they know as well as what they can do. In fact, because CBE is grounded in outcomes, seat time becomes irrelevant as students demonstrate mastery at their own pace. According to a 2016 report by iNACOL, 36 states are currently investigating policy surrounding competency-based education. Below are five ways to approach competency-based learning assessment.

Rethinking Teaching with Available Canvas Tools

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Outcomes. What are Outcomes ? Outcomes allow the administration and faculty to track mastery in a course. Another useful thing about using outcomes is that you can set assignments/quiz access based on the finishing of prior assignment/quizzes.

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Northwest Evaluation Association To Enter State Assessment Market

Marketplace K-12

Primarily known for its Measures of Academic Progress test—an interim assessment taken by students across the U.S.—the the nonprofit NWEA is diving into the more turbulent, and potentially lucrative waters of summative assessments. The goal of the new division is to support states in the development of “innovative accountability systems,” including proficiency assessment models, according to the NWEA’s official announcement.

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.

Achieve Report: States Making Progress On ‘Honesty Gap’

K-12 Schools - Education News

Achieve, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization, has released a new edition of its “Proficient vs. Prepared” report that shows many states have begun to be more open about accurate levels of student proficiency in math and English Language Arts.