Utah STEM Action Center Releases Exemplar Statewide Program Evaluation

MIND Research Institute

A new bar has been set for state-grants-funded digital math programs evaluation. The Utah STEM Action Center has released its 2020 annual report , which includes the results of their comprehensive statewide program evaluation. Ebook: Demanding More from Edtech Evaluation.

Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning.

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What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment.

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

Edsurge

Many school-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are widely used, for example. When these programs are well-implemented, they have academic, social, and emotional benefits. Recognizing this, organizations are investing in initiatives and partnerships designed to bring school-based SEL programs to scale. Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL. Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL.

Assessment and Mobile Learning Questions

Education with Technology

Here are some questions about assessment and mobile learning to think about as you plan for your mobile learning. Who/ What will assess the students’ mobile learning? D) an online program evaluates learning. E) the teacher assesses the students’ paper, presentation or project that incorporates learning from the mobile device. F) some one in the class, school, or another school assesses the learning. assesses the learning.

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. His research focuses on on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. Assessment Education Every Classroom Matters Podcast How to Guides.

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5 Principles for Evaluating State Test Scores

edWeb.net

But as Mitch Slater, Co-Founder and CEO of Levered Learning, pointed out in his edWebinar “ A Little Data is a Dangerous Thing: What State Test Score Summaries Do and Don’t Say About Student Learning,” looking at data from one set of assessment scores without context is virtually meaningless. Subgroups Matter: Even though demographic data is collected for assessments, constituents often just look at the overall, aggregate score as an indicator of success or failure.

Why You Need More Than "One Good Study" To Evaluate EdTech

MIND Research Institute

Highly credible edtech evaluation lists give top marks for just one RCT (randomized controlled trial). Meanwhile, any other program with studies not meeting the RCT bar of rigor is by comparison downgraded—no matter how many other high quality studies they may have, under how many different conditions, in what timeframe, or even with repeated positive results. The biggest problem with relying solely on fully experimental RCT studies in evaluating edtech programs is their rarity.

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OPINION: Black-white disparities in education correlate with teachers’ implicit biases, but it will take more than education reform to solve the issue

The Hechinger Report

Notably, these biases are implicit because the IAT assesses individuals’ automatic associations of white and Black people with certain attitudes using high-speed computerized tasks. Chin is a doctoral candidate in education policy and program evaluation at Harvard University.

A Science Resource for Principals

A Principal's Reflections

It is our hope that this book becomes the go to resource for principals looking to establish and maintain effective science programs that focus on doing science as opposed to just knowing. Principals will not only find the latest research on effective science instruction, but also tips for integrating technology, purchasing materials, assessment, and establishing safe lab environments.

Profiles in Success: Evaluation Links ST Math to Improved Growth Mindset

MIND Research Institute

Having seen the impact at other schools, Gaines knew that the program would fit right in with Robeson's culture. “I’m Students are struggling through challenge puzzles on weekends, helping each other on tough problems, and seeing that perseverance reflect on how they approach assessments. To formally assess the impact of ST Math, Gaines performed a program evaluation, analyzing NWEA scores, ST Math data and even interviewing teachers.

National Network Launches to Connect Students in Crisis

eSchool News

With $250,000 from ECMC Foundation and a matching grant from Strada Education Network, the Emergency Coaching Network will provide up to 5,000 students at participating institutions with support from InsideTrack coaches specially trained to assess and support across a range of challenging situations.

Leadership Coaching and How Students and Teachers Benefit

Digital Promise

Recognizing that transformation, especially digital transformation, is complex and sometimes “messy,” Digital Promise is launching a second cohort of our Leadership Coaching program to support K-12 leaders working towards transforming learning in their districts through technology. The Digital Promise Leadership Coaching program is led by Dr. Cindy Elsberry, a retired superintendent with 12 years of experience, and a former member of the League. Digital Curriculum and Assessment.

CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program. Schools must have robust evaluation if they want to continue to find success in technology integration, said Steven Baule, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and former superintendent for Muncie (Ind.) Proper technology evaluation is a crucial element to digital innovation , said Baule, speaking at Consortium for School Networking’s 2019 annual conference.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. the language that describes the purpose, structure, and requirements of the program); official guidance (i.e., the more detailed program rules, as determined by the U.S. Enhancing Education Through Technology Program.

Documenting and Reflecting on Learning

User Generated Education

Blogging acts as a formative assessment whereby I, as the educator, get an opportunity to learn what elements of the projects were significant for my learners. The final presentations gave me, as the educator, a type of program evaluation where I got the opportunity to learn the most significant classroom projects from my learners’ perspectives. I am a strong proponent of encouraging learners of all ages to engage in reflective practice.

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Michigan School Administrators’ Journey Toward Increased Equity and Inclusion

edWeb.net

Work on developing culturally proficient communities during the previous decade has now led to the creation of a professional learning program designed to increase equity and inclusion during the 2020s, in collaboration with the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators.

With Budget Cuts Looming, Here’s How Districts Will Decide What to Keep or Cut

Edsurge

Add to that the costs of designing and implementing new remote learning programs, on top of childcare, transportation, and everything else that will inevitably increase the cost of doing business. That data is then fed into program and budget review cycles.

Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

IXL says its program is “proven effective” and that research “has shown over and over that IXL produces real results.” Others claim their studies found effects that independent evaluators say didn’t exist. No other digital intervention program compares.”.

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap

The Hechinger Report

Its Summer Arts and Learning Academy, for elementary schoolers from high-poverty schools, has been particularly effective at minimizing summer learning loss, as measured by reading and math assessments in the spring and fall from one school year to the next. Armed with program evaluation data, Baltimore City Public Schools has expanded the academy from one to eight sites over the last four years. Having fun is important for programs like this.

The dark side of education research: widespread bias

The Hechinger Report

And that may be leaving teachers and school administrators in the dark about the full story of classroom programs and interventions they are considering buying. In order to tap into federal school improvement funds, for example, low-achieving schools with disadvantaged children are required to select programs that have been rigorously tested and show positive effects. The study, “ Do Developer-Commissioned Evaluations Inflate Effect Sizes?

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Bring Science to Life: The Impact of Video Game Simulations

edWeb.net

Disciplinary core ideas that focus science curricula, instruction, and assessments on the most important aspects of science. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multimedia). WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. The situation was bleak: There were just a few plants.

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IES Selects ST Math for Replication Studies

MIND Research Institute

Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as one of six math programs to be further investigated under what IES terms “replication studies.”. “We We look forward to using ST Math to help IES realize its vision of a healthier and better-informed market in education program evaluations. But it was a one-off on our program three generations ago, pre-common-core assessments, and one type of school profile.

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IES Selects ST Math for Replication Studies

MIND Research Institute

Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as one of six math programs to be further investigated under what IES terms “replication studies.”. “We We look forward to using ST Math to help IES realize its vision of a healthier and better-informed market in education program evaluations. But it was a one-off on our program three generations ago, pre-common-core assessments, and one type of school profile.

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Let Evidence Guide the Solutions to Student Absenteeism

edWeb.net

Panelist Phyllis Jordan, editorial director at FutureEd, pointed to the results of the organization’s analysis of states’ 2017 ESSA plans, which require one non-academic indicator for school assessments. Innovative programs require financial support. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

This Tech Encourages Career Planning When It Matters Most—Before Graduation

Edsurge

Today, Lee is a Post Secondary Programs Coordinator for Valley Center USD 262. She runs the Valley Center High School internship program and helps students gain valuable work experience and career knowledge before they head off to college and careers. Lee shares how Xello—combined with the district’s internship program, advisory classes and certifications—encourages Valley Center USD students to take a deep dive into their career options long before they leave high school.

Staying Educationally Relevant in Instructional Technology

Tech Helpful

Am I to follow and be held to the ISTE coaching guidelines of best practice that include: Visionary leadership Teaching, learning, and assessments Digital age learning environments Professional development and program evaluation Digital Citizenshp Content knowledge and professional growth If so, there has to be some changes.

Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

Few can offer buyers independent assessments of the value of their products, even if those same entrepreneurs have sweated and toiled to build great wares. But unfortunately over the past decade or two, educational research has gotten tangled up in how the medical industry defines and measures efficacy—standards that are as inappropriate as evaluating a headache only with an MRI machine. Evaluating outcomes in this way takes both time and financial resources.

An Interactive Tool Empowers High Schoolers To Take Control of Career Planning

Edsurge

Today, Lee is a Post Secondary Programs Coordinator for Valley Center USD 262. She runs the Valley Center High School internship program and helps students gain valuable work experience and career knowledge before they head off to college and careers. Lee shares how Xello—combined with the district’s internship program, advisory classes and certifications—encourages Valley Center USD students to take a deep dive into their career options long before they leave high school.

Project Hope Alliance Partners with Think Through Math and Pearson Education

Think Through Math

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County families through stable housing and youth education programs, recently launched its Soaring to Success pilot program in partnership with Pearson Education and Think Through Math. The innovative program will focus on children in grades 3-7 served by Project Hope Alliance’s programs who require additional assistance in the classroom.

National Study Shows Significant Results on an Unprecedented Scale

MIND Research Institute

Independent education research firm WestEd recently published the largest ever national study evaluating a math edtech program. The study found significant results at schools that used ST Math , a PreK-8 visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving. Two outcomes were evaluated: average math scale scores and the proportion of students who were proficient or above in math.

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Privacy and Security Evaluation of the Anki Vector Robot

Graphite Blog

As part of the launch of our new smart-device security testing, the Common Sense Privacy Program evaluated a popular smart device called Vector and conducted a hands-on basic security assessment for parents and teachers to learn more. Privacy evaluation. The full privacy evaluation and standard privacy report are available here. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include the cookie policy.

Privacy and Security Evaluation of the Anki Vector Robot

Graphite Blog

As part of the launch of our new smart-device security testing, the Common Sense Privacy Program evaluated a popular smart device called Vector and conducted a hands-on basic security assessment for parents and teachers to learn more. Privacy evaluation. The full privacy evaluation and standard privacy report are available here. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include the cookie policy.