Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

EdNews Daily

A recent report on reading performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that 63 percent of students in 4 th grade are reading at a “basic” or “below basic” level. Often, policy-makers are not informed as deeply as their policy tends to reach.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized). K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? Blog Policy Congress ESEA ESSA

Growth over Grades: How a Resubmit Policy Is Helping Us Build a Culture of Revision


At the same time, our middle school science department made the switch from traditional grading to standards-based assessment and overhauled our philosophy to focus on fostering revision practices. One of the significant changes we made was to offer an open resubmit policy, meaning any student could revise and resubmit any assessed work up until the end of the following unit for up to full credit. So, Does a Resubmit Policy Actually Work?

Charting the future of competency-based education policy

The Christensen Institute

Leather is a leader in the world of competency-based education policy and his current efforts mark an important harbinger of how these policies must evolve over time. Although New Hampshire’s bold mandate in 2005 eliminated the Carnegie Unit from the state’s high school graduation requirements, a decade later Leather’s concept of statewide competency-based policy goes far beyond eradicating the credit hour.

OPINION: To succeed in tomorrow’s workforce, today’s students need equity-driven policy

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Kathleen Kordek for The Hechinger Report. To do that, they must advance the use of high-quality data to develop equity-driven policy solutions. This is what an equity-driven higher education policy could create, not just in the Bronx but throughout the country. The U.S.

20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Recently, we discussed our favorite formative assessment tools for the classroom, and I wanted to share these here for you as a resource. 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom. (in

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.

Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more

The Hechinger Report

Like thousands of other students, Domonique failed a standardized test called the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) in fourth grade and she was automatically held back. This spring, Domonique Crosby graduated from George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans.

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning


Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes. Earlier this week they released an extensive report asking lawmakers to put up some legal barriers to protect student information. Require independent third-party assessments of the validity and utility of technologies, and the potential threats they pose to students’ well-being, to be conducted and addressed prior to adoption. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

Experts Look Into the Crystal Ball of the Next Administration’s Ed Policy


the experts agreed that equity, access and accountability will define the next four years of education policy. Where policy might differ is in the regulation of such programs, Robinson added. The bigger issue is: How do you continue to have accountability when the assessment market is slightly more consolidated, but idea that they were going to have all this comparable data has gone out the window?” Education Technology Government Policy

Assessments to play reduced classroom role

eSchool News

Obama Administration moves to limit how frequently assessments are used in the classroom. ” “One essential part of educating students successfully is assessing their progress in learning to high standards. Some states are already taking action to reduce assessments.

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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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. News PolicySchool leaders, policymakers can use ESSA to focus on boosting learning, achievement for students.

Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

The CoolCatTeacher

He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning. Wesley Fryer on episode 572 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Deep fake videos are now possible.

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Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape

Marketplace K-12

The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level.

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.

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Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know there are some amazing formative assessment tools on the web. Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing - Michael Gorman ( https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com ) .

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. New Jersey and Michigan developed individual state tech readiness tools in preparation for (online) assessment,” she said. Alabama and I believe a few other states have annual inventory reports.

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. According to a 2016 report by iNACOL, 36 states are currently investigating policy surrounding competency-based education. And as interest in this approach to teaching and learning increases, so does the need for assessments to support it. Below are five ways to approach competency-based learning assessment.

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


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. Reporting requirements vary across educational accrediting agencies and government bodies, ranging from what is considered in-field placement, to how long a graduate must work, and some do not require employment data reporting at all.

The rise and fall of criterion referencing

Ed Tech Now

Why criterion referencing got itself a bad name and why this does not mean that it should be abandoned Continue reading → Government policy Government reports Learning objectives & curriculum #edupurpose Assessment without Levels Criterion referencing Daisy Christodoulou Dearing review education Paul Black

How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Assess Student Writing in Google Docs with WriQ. WriQ is currently a FREE tool that helps teachers assess writing in Google Docs. See: Copyright Policy.

Report explores 3 college, career readiness strategies

eSchool News

Over the years, the authors assert, educators, employers, and policy makers have changed their expectations. This has led to evolving student assessment systems, as well as new definitions around what readiness means. Next page: Three readiness models in the report.

New EL STEM Report Highlights the Need for Better Curriculum and Learning Experiences

MIND Research Institute

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a consensus study report in October 2018 entitled English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives. You can read the full report. English Learners in STEM Subjects report.

Thanksgiving policies, technology, and higher education

Connecting 2 the World

But last year, the envelope was pressed and Thanksgiving became a day when retail establishments decided they could force workers to report to work. However, for college students, higher education policies over the last decade has slowly been disintegrating the importance of the holiday also. Higher Education and Thanksgiving in the Past Some might contend that there has been no change in the policy for attending classes the week of Thanksgiving.

What Is ‘Quality’? Task Force Seeks Comment on Higher-Ed Outcomes Reporting Standards


In an effort to close the gap between claims and facts, Entangled Solutions has issued a near-final draft of a new set of “quality assurance” standards for how programs report and communicate student outcomes. One option is to charge accounting firms a membership fee to apply the standards in their audit reports of schools. The report also recommends four measures for reporting earnings data. He believes “schools should report on 100 percent of students.”.

Global Assessment Certificate Investigation Questions ACT’s Integrity

K-12 Schools - Education News

which runs the internationally recognized university preparation program Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) for students who do not have English as a first language, has come under scrutiny following a Reuters investigation that raises questions about. (Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons).

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy


have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. educational policy: College and Career Readiness.

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?

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Last spring, the press was full of headlines about families opting out of state testing in protest to current testing policies (see here , here , here , and here ). And a few weeks ago, an article on a survey conducted by the Oregon teachers union last spring to learn Oregon teachers’ opinions regarding annual state assessments observed that, “[s]urvey respondents were overwhelmingly extremely negative in their response to every question.”. Use adaptive assessment.

Has the Game Really Changed? Reporter’s Notebook from the 2017 Games for Change Festival


GlassLab , a nonprofit backed by the MacArthur Foundation and Gates Foundation to build learning games, assessment dashboards and a distribution portal, used to feature prominently in the event but has since been in limbo.

What Roadblocks Stand in the Way of a Digital K-12 Market?

Marketplace K-12

A new report by MDR cites outmoded purchasing practices, data-privacy concerns and other issues as slowing the K-12 transition from print to digital resources. Assessment Digital Conversion Online Learning Open Education State Policy digitaleducation marketreport print printtodigital

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How to Build Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) Dan: This is controversial, but I really support the EdTPA , which is a performance-based assessment. There are policy solutions to that. Policy Makers Teachers Thought Leader Thursday

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A Teenage Bullying Story

The CoolCatTeacher

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Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.

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