Secondary Teachers Transform Their Practice

Battelle for Kids

3) It is common knowledge among secondary English teachers that many students don't read assigned texts, often relying on SparkNotes to successfully complete assignments and prepare for assessments. Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 8.

Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators: Understanding and Mitigating the Effects


The condition has numerous names: secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue. One of the handful of studies of STS in schools found that more than 200 staff surveyed from across six schools reported very high levels of STS.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). 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.

What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN—the Consortium for School Networking — jointly create the Horizon Report. The 2016 Report is made possible by Share Fair Nation at ). Both the Horizon Report and Toolkit are free.

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Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

It is not a replacement for assessment. As a student with learning needs, he often received a report card that revealed all of the places that he was failing within his education. Reports and certificates show a very narrow view of what it means to be human.

Testing Literacy Today Requires more than a Pencil and Paper

Digital Promise

The results of large-scale tests may be used by schools or policy-makers to make important decisions such as grouping students by ability or assessing how well schools are doing. In Canada, assessment reforms and innovations are slowly taking shape.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing


Assessment For Learning. We walk you through the process of distinguishing between various assessment types, building goals, identifying best practices around your assessments and analyzing your data to make lasting instructional decisions throughout the year. Students will have a blast competing with their classmates and racking up points for correct answers, speed and winning streaks while preparing for state assessments and deepening their understanding.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

MobyMax also includes “Power Tools” acting like a clicker, monitoring behavior, messaging, a social wall for students, a parent portal, manipulatives and time reports. It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review.

Queen sacrifices announced across fourteen North Carolina campuses

Bryan Alexander

” The official assessment, which was published for a vote, seems to be here. Here’s a list*, which I’ve extracted from each affected campus according to the Tar Heel report: Africana Studies. Biology, Secondary Education (BA). Biology, Secondary Education (BS).

Empower Educators to Teach Writing with PD, Practice and Tools That Extend Their Reach


Revision Assistant's Secondary Education Prompt Library —middle and high school writing prompts organized by grade level. These are some of Patti West-Smith's favorite resources about writing instruction and assessment: "On On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting" by Thomas Guskey. The caterwauling about the inability of U.S. students to write well goes back decades.

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Data-Driven Decision Making: Who’s the decider?

Reading By Example

After I shared out my previous post , describing my confusion about making sense of certain types of data, the International Literacy Association (ILA) replied with a link to a recent report on this topic: This is perfect timing for our #ILAchat this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. As well, our assessments are not as clean as, say, a blood test you might take at the doctor’s office.

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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

Teachers now assess students’ proficiency across four categories: basic, approaching, proficient and advanced. The question of how a proficiency-based report card will affect college admissions is a common concern for families around the country.

Learn Why Edsby Is A Great Learning Management System For Your School | @Edsby


Edsby is a robust, cloud-based, mobile learning management system that incorporates social learning, course planning, assessment management, and much more into a simple, easy to use package for the entire school community.

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OPINION: Five ways to build stronger, more inclusive work opportunities for students

The Hechinger Report

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy , where I serve as a research analyst, investigated the country’s strongest models — and lessons learned from abroad — and released a policy report late last month. Ensure a seamless transition to post-secondary education.

21st Century Learning with Explain Everything – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe


What does assessment look like in 21st Century education? So a summative test like the PARCC is a good tool but not the only way that we should be assessing our students throughout the school year. Assessment should not only be summative but also formative, ongoing, and project-based.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


But now I can report that these tools have been adopted in thousands of U.S. higher education courseware in 2015, down from 50 percent the year before, according to a 2018 report from Macquarie, an investment bank and financial services company.

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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

The report, STEM 2026 , pulls from the work of experts in science, technology, engineering and math, and the authors point out that current conditions do not ensure equal access to STEM teaching and learning. The report results from workshops convened by the U.S.

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‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief


Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. The Secondary School for Journalism is one of about 380 schools nationwide using Summit Learning, a personalized learning program that involves the use of an online instructional software, called the Summit Platform. For Hernandez and her classmates, the breaking point came the week of Halloween, when students got their report cards, she says.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

Nevils, a former AP physics teacher with both the Houston and Spring Branch independent school districts, previously served as assistant director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and leader of the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching program.

Gates Foundation Gives Millions to Improve Teacher Training

K-12 Schools - Education News

When that idea wasn’t effective, they changed to teacher quality and spent millions more to help districts develop assessment systems for teachers that included using student standardized test scores to measure teacher performance. Bill and Melinda Gates never give up.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

Academic research has reached the same conclusions as this teacher; the 2016 State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce assessment reported that “the elementary and secondary educator workforce is overwhelmingly homogenous (82% white in public schools).”

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Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report. Give them more control over the manner in which they’re taught and how their work is assessed and you’ll produce more involved, successful students. Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report.

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Teachers Want Better Ed-Tech Science Tools. Will the Market Provide Them?

Marketplace K-12

The report draws from market research, as well as the experiences of companies selected to receive support to create ed-tech science products as part of a competition run by a venture fund project called NewSchools Ignite.

The Edtech Industry Has 'Created a Mess'—Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November


EdSurge caught up briefly with November and Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, at ISTE for this week's podcast. Blake Montgomery ( @blakersdozen ) is a reporter at EdSurge and an author of the graphic novel "A Place Among the Stars." His writing has appeared in EdSurge, the Huffington Post, the Bay Area Reporter, and Symbolia.

Winter is here

Learning with 'e's

For the second year in the UK, secondary (high) school numbers have grown, and it's expected that over the next 8 years there will be a 19% rise in these numbers , with over 600,000 additional students. A recent report from the National Union of Teachers reveals some disturbing statistics.

How SEL Can Promote Hard Conversations About Mental Health


By combining all of this data, teaching SEL skills and doing the SOS assessment, not only are we having serious and meaningful conversations with families, but we are saving lives,” explains Dain. There are so many SEL reports we can run from the Panorama survey.

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What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

Our current approach of summative assessments has few fans. In these emergent systems, the desire is to report absolute individual growth broken out by subgroups (as opposed to norm-referenced growth or the current measure of average proficient) via on-demand assessments.

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IT#1: What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN—the Consortium for School Networking — jointly create the Horizon Report. The 2016 Report is made possible by Share Fair Nation at ). Both the Horizon Report and Toolkit are free.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. This evaluation is called the summative assessment.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Kelly Field, for The Hechinger Report. To answer that question, The Hechinger Report combed through grant databases, legislative records and lobbying disclosures, looking for the forces and funding behind LD 1422. Kelly Field, for The Hechinger Report.

20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process

Educational Technology Guy

It contains 100 practical articles, study tips and self-assessment exams. Study Guide Zone provides various resources and study guides that you can use in taking business tests, primary and secondary tests, undergraduate tests, etc. Guest Post by Julie Petersen.

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

iterating toward openness

I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses.

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As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

Higher education has found itself under increasing pressure to change that, just as has happened in elementary and secondary schools, where a battery of standardized tests constantly check in on what students know. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Missed signals: The effect of ACT college-readiness measures on post-secondary decisions. STEM in Iowa’s Re-Envisioned Economic Development Roadmap (2014 Battelle Report) , Kathryn Kunert & Carrie Rankin. See Iowa’s 2014 Battelle Report.

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Illinois Data Shows Many Graduates Aren’t College-Ready

K-12 Schools - Education News

According to the most recent education data for the state of Illinois, released as part of the annual Illinois Report Card, many high school students in the state are graduating despite being unprepared to attend college.

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

Doug Levin

For each of the three primary (equity-focused) federal educational technology programs authorized by Congress since the passage of the 1994 revision to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), below I provide details on the programs’: legislative authorization (i.e.,

How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In


Administrators were a bit more tempered in their responses, expressing hesitation about whether live observation is the be-all, end-all in assessing edtech impact. Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, felt the same. Multiple choice tests and high-stakes assessment had few fans at ISTE. It’s important to find a sort of assessment that’s generic enough to be flexible.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report. Their ESSA plans detail systemic transformations of assessment methods and other practices, according to Lillian Pace, the senior director of national policy at KnowledgeWorks. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.

TEACHER VOICE: What we’re all ignoring about the stubborn achievement gap for Latino students

The Hechinger Report

A recent article in The Hechinger Report ( Latino college students are falling behind whites and blacks, new research shows by Meredith Kolodner) invites a discussion of what this solution does, and does not, entail. An elementary, secondary and post-secondary school teacher, Patrick D.