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. How are states assessing rigor between schools?

Google Slides for "Lab Reports" (update)

Cycles of Learning

I have written in the past about using Google Slides as a lab reporting tool in my courses. A short post, but given the efficacy of this subtle instructional strategy, I felt it was worth sharing again! Assessment Google

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

” In other words, this is meant as a learning technique, not for assessment. report that students showed better recall of information, problem solving skills, and the ability to transfer learning to new content.

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

Why investing in real-world feedback R&D could revolutionize assessments

The Christensen Institute

Fast forward to today, and a recently released report details the over 400 responses the foundations received from field experts and practitioners. As someone who writes for a living, I was especially interested in one of the suggestions for improving nonfiction writing learning and assessment: investing in programs that connect students with “authentic” audiences, like career professional or community residents, to read and offer feedback on their work.

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Not only was I not in classrooms enough, but also the level of feedback provided through the lens of a narrative report did very little to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Consider less of a focus on lesson plans and more on assessment.

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.

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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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.

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.

ASCD's #Empower18 Conference Report


It is used to develop interactive presentations and assessments that can be used to add amazing effects in the classroom. Newsela is an instructional content platform that brings together compelling, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to support reading engagement.

Report: Gates Foundation’s College Advising Initiative Had Little Impact on Students


But when it comes to achieving that goal, iPASS efforts have yet to pass muster, according to a new report examining these efforts at three institutions. A follow-up report is expected next year, which will go into greater detail about the longer-term student outcomes.

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Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

One of these tools is the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA). It begins by examining the strategies in place at each school or district that support student learning with technology in the areas of rigor, relevance, relationships, engagement, and overall culture.

Teaching Strategies Buys ReadyRosie to Reach Parents and Children With Video Lessons


Today, it celebrates a new milestone with its purchase by Teaching Strategies , a Bethesda, Md.-based Any serious engagement of this demographic with educational technology tools must have a mobile-first strategy in place,” Roden says.

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A few strategies to implement Bloom’s taxonomy in education

Linways Technologies

However, before turning into the theories, we figured that it would be more helpful for teachers and educators to have some idea about some strategies on successfully implementing Bloom’s taxonomy in education. Consider plotting assessments to the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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.”.

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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Teaching Is as Stressful as an ER. These Calming Strategies Can Help.


While these are all essential, missing from this picture are the activities and strategies that our teachers need to effectively address those highly stressful moments. Furthermore, when assessing teachers’ stress levels, those teachers noted considerably less distress, and an improved ability to manage their emotions. Education Technology Professional Development Learning StrategiesThere is something going on in the back of the room.

High Impact Evidence Based Teaching Strategies


A passionate teacher who has a strong relationship with students and adopts evidence based teaching strategies tends to have a large and positive impact on students learning compared to other factors. Top 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies.

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


Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL. Specifically, there have been few useful tools with which to assess SEL. Without good assessment, it’s hard for district decision-makers to decide what resources to invest in; it’s hard for teachers to tailor instruction based on student strengths and needs; it’s hard to evaluate how students are doing in response to instruction; and it’s hard to engage in data-based continuous improvement.

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.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

The Hechinger Report

It makes personalized learning a strategy for equity. Just this year, judging from a fall to a winter assessment of student learning, Procope said, students who hadn’t shown growth in academic achievement in prior years are showing it now.

Report outlines long road ahead for Jackson Public Schools

The Hechinger Report

Photo:Liz Willen/ The Hechinger Report. Loud cheering, a drum line, endless applause and a full buffet at Jackson’s convention center on Thursday night accompanied the release of a report that could herald in a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 24,000-student school system here.

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.

This Mississippi district says these four strategies are helping their struggling readers

The Hechinger Report

From 1992 until 2007, the state’s average score for fourth-graders remained below the “basic” level of achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

AFT Rejected in Attempt to Force Pearson ‘Business Strategy Review’

Marketplace K-12

Pearson PLC today reported lower revenues in its first quarter, and escaped a proposed mandate to conduct a review of its business strategy, after a shareholders’ resolution led by the American Federation of Teachers and a coalition of pension funds was rejected decisively at its annual shareholders meeting. The loss of assessment contracts with Texas and New York state last year contributed to the results. High-Stakes Testing, and Assessment Prospects.

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. In the final section of the report, the DOE provided a set of recommendations for implementing blended learning.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

While opportunities to advance technology-enabled or -enhanced school reform and improvement efforts appear throughout ESSA (and are in no way precluded as a strategy anywhere in the bill), it is Title IV that presents the most direct opportunity for state leadership.

How a Focus on Daily Improvement Helped This District Surpass Its Growth Goals


To identify learning gaps, teachers and district leaders worked with Edulastic , a K-12 digital assessment company, to create custom assessments. It’s so nice because teachers don't have the time to come up with those common assessments.”.

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Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math


According to nprEd , in 2016 32 states reported not having enough teachers for ELL students. “We Kelly and Michele discussed key instructional strategies that can support ELL students in achieving higher in math. For many of the 4.5 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S.

Pearson’s Latest Financial Report Card: Another 3,000 Jobs To Be Cut

Marketplace K-12

The post Pearson’s Latest Financial Report Card: Another 3,000 Jobs To Be Cut appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments/Testing Business Strategy Curriculum/Digital Curriculum Online/Virtual Learning PearsonMore jobs are on the chopping block through 2019 as Pearson plans changes to improve its financial results.

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. Strategies for identifying schools in need of assistance and developing diagnostic systems to support continuous improvement.

3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson. According to the MDR 2014 State of the K–12 Market Report, there’s a growing demand for solutions that improve teaching and personalized learning and educators are willing to consider new instructional models.

Slowing Down: 6 Strategies for Deep Listening


Mindfulness has so infiltrated our workplace culture that a recent piece on the Harvard Business Review blog cautioned against using mindfulness as a productivity strategy. So what might be some strategies for deep listening with students and colleagues?

Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies


Professor John Dunlosky is trying to bridge these two worlds , intentionally studying the effectiveness of strategies that lab studies indicate are promising, but that don’t require special technology or extra resources.

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