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

MindShift

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.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Authentic assessments are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community as indicated in a Gallup poll.

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

NeverEndingSearch

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.

How to Do Student-led Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

I remember report card days as a child, me sitting outside on a brick wall, scared to death as my mother met with the teacher and received the (always bad) news about how I wasn’t doing. I love report card days now because this is when I get to meet parents.

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.

Race to the Top Damage Assessment: A 21st Century Principal's Perspective

The 21st Century Principal

Duncan''s Department of Education and President Obama even released a report, not independently created mind you, to declare how successful their Race to the Top program has been. In a USA Today article "Obama Report Claims Success for ''Race to the Top'' " Duncan even had the audacity to say, "The most powerful ideas for improving education come not from Washington, but from educators and leaders in states throughout the country."

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

Edsurge

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.

Why Single-Point Rubrics Are Awesome And 4 Ways To Use Them

The Web20Classroom

Rubrics have been a part of the assessment toolbox since at least the mid-1990s. Assessed overall achievement on an activity or product Holistic Rubric Example Analytic – Written with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows.

#AskExcelinEd: How do credentials meet the market in Florida, Indiana and Kentucky?

ExcelinEd

A new report from Excel in Ed and Burning Glass Technologies, Where Credentials Meet the Market: State Case Studies on the Effect of High School Industry Credentials on Educational and Labor Market Outcomes , addresses that gap. Read the Report. Secondary Educational Outcomes.

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

Edsurge

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: ReadWriteThink.org. "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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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).

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

TeacherCast

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

EdTechTeacher

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.

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.

8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Progress through the teacher pipeline: 1992–93 college graduates and elementary/ secondary school teaching as of 1997. Postsecondary education descriptive analysis report. Report on new teacher induction.

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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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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.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

Edsurge

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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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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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.

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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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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With a teacher like me, ‘Would I have turned out better?’

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Jacob Carroll for the Hechinger Report. Photo: Jacob Carroll for the Hechinger Report. The Kellogg Foundation is among the many supporters of The Hechinger Report.). At Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Eleanor McMain Secondary, Nathaniel and Nathan Albert were inseparable.

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 go.nmc.org/2016-k12 ). 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.

Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

The Hechinger Report

Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report. The school has two full-time school counselors, but in 2012 laid off a staffer whose sole focus was guiding students to college or other post-secondary options. Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report. Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report.