Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we? First, Robbins proposed several key questions leaders should ask before even considering online assessments.

6 reasons it’s important to create your own online assessments

eSchool News

Homegrown online assessments prove invaluable to one district. Assessments are critical to our efforts to improve instruction in K-12 education. At Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD), we began the transition to online assessment more than three years ago.

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9 recommendations for making better use of online assessment tools

FETC Converge

The shift by schools from paper and pencil to online assessment technology has started yielding significant benefits for schools, teachers and students. But school districts continue to struggle trying to harness the full potential of online assessment tools, according to a new report from a consortium of education groups. Uncategorized data collection learning environments online assessment reports resources and tools

4 Steps for Designing an Online Assessment for Flipped Classroom

Fractus Learning

Are you thinking about designing an online assessment for a Flipped classroom? First, consider whether the tool you are thinking about is the right tool for what you want to assess. Second, does this online assessment align with the rest of the course curriculum.

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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Q&A: How Data Can Make You A Better Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

Q&A: How Data Can Make You A Better Teacher. They engage other students and professors in online forums; they autonomously seek and use personalized learning applications; and they leverage textbook supplements all in service of getting an edge, and trying to make the grade.

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Disentangle time from testing

The Christensen Institute

Proponents of testing argue that tests are a necessary evil if we care about equity and outcomes: Without robust measures of how students are performing, they claim, we will lack the data and necessary to hold schools accountable for serving all students and to drive school improvement. Technology actually promises the creation of more humane, transparent, and accurate assessments that are critical to driving dramatically better outcomes for all students.

Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs


Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. And when it comes to helping edtech entrepreneurs understand those educators, Amy Rambo believes she has just the data that can help. So we provide data to professional development companies, curriculum suppliers, technology companies who are interested in supporting students and educators.

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Edulastic, Key Data Systems give educators new classroom performance tools

eSchool News

Partnership gives educators access to assessment library. Edulastic, a next-generation online assessment platform for K-12 teachers and administrators, has formed a new partnership with Key Data Systems to make the Inspect item bank available to Edulastic District Enterprise users.

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s online assessment, practice, and instruction for K-6 students with a tagline: Curiously fun, amazingly effective, refreshingly affordable. Education Galaxy provides online assessment, practice, and instruction in a highly engaging environment for students.

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.

The U.S. has more memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jo Boaler said: data from the 13 million students who took PISA [math] tests showed that the lowest-achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps.

Most educational games teach skills, not thinking

Dangerously Irrelevant

Games can help students improve their critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities while offering clear assessment data that could eliminate our dependency on regurgitation and memorization-based evaluations. Why meaningful math problems are defined out of online assessments.

Top 5 LMS benefits for HE students


Colleges and universities were among the first to reach a number of students so high, they simply needed the power of a software in order to manage all the learning and other data points that came along each student. Online collaboration tools.

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What are IT leaders worried about? Assessment readiness and money

eSchool News

A CoSN survey reveals CTO concerns about privacy, budgets, and assessment readiness. What do the data tell us? Assessment readiness is again the No. The growing imperative about being assessment ready isn’t likely a surprise for those living in states adopting the Common Core.

Edulastic Joins Google for Education Partner Program

EdNews Daily

Edulastic, the next-generation online assessment platform for K-12 teachers and administrators, announced that they have become a Google for Education Partner.

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Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Data-driven instruction. Data-driven instruction is another core strategy that all five schools have employed to improve student learning. At the Clark County schools, teachers meet individually with each of their students at the beginning of the school year to help students set individual academic growth goals and show students how to track their student learning data using individual tracking sheets.

OPINION: How do you measure social and emotional learning?

The Hechinger Report

. In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed. But the field has lacked an organized method of identifying, choosing and using the best assessments to measure students’ competencies. Related: The limits of online assessments.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students


The key strategy to get to this level of understanding involves a tried-and-true instructional practice: formative assessments and feedback. So what are some main characteristics of these assessment practices? Students learn to set goals, self-assess, monitor their progress over time.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

But this polarizing debate misses the long-term picture—and in so doing, threatens to derail the creation of more humane, transparent and accurate assessments enabled by technology that are critical to driving dramatically better outcomes for all students. But NCLB also locked us into an assessment regime that focused too narrowly on annual, summative grade-level assessments for accountability purposes and restricted innovation in assessments—and ultimately learning.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

The software is a tool that helps these staffing models succeed; from allowing for more small-group time to aiding collection of student learning data for differentiated instruction. In the CCSD Franchise schools, educators administer formative assessments using software to gauge students’ progress and adjust learning groups. The software at Cristo Rey generates reports on student learning data that guide how teachers organize small-group lessons and projects.

8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

The primary ability of AI is to collect and analyze data. As a result, AI helps create smart educational content that’s being used in both classrooms and online courses. Let’s take online assessment tests as an example.

Skyward, Certica launch formative assessment solution

eSchool News

Partnership aims to help educators access more than 80,000 item bank resources for assessment. The items in the FAIB can be used by teachers and district staff to help students practice for the next generation assessments. Assessments News

Blended learning’s unfulfilled promise: Saving teachers time

The Christensen Institute

But data we’ve gathered from the field through surveys and interviews with teachers suggests that the time-saving benefits of blended learning are often not coming to fruition. Additionally, some schools and teachers that adopt blended learning decide to build their own online-learning content, which adds an additional time demand to teachers’ plates. Online student learning data can be hard to access and interpret.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

I enjoyed doing them, but I think my students benefit more if I take my PowerPoint slides or a recording of myself giving that lecture and put them online for students to access individually. When students can access lecture content online, they’re not struggling to keep up or working ahead because I’m going too slow. For example, a student may try several times to learn a specific area of the content using the online resources and still not understand that content. Offers Complimentary Tech Readiness Quiz to Help Educators Assess Students’ Digital Literacy Proficiency


This interactive assessment will provide educators with actionable data on how well their students grasp critical digital literacy concepts as outlined in the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students. PORTLAND, Ore.

Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design?

The Christensen Institute

Indeed, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, just 37 percent of high school seniors are prepared for college-level math and reading. Online content can offer a continuum of learning along which students can progress at a flexible pace.

Zap life into your feedback with technology

eSchool News

Here are some examples of how you might want to collect information, or give feedback: Online assessments (Google Forms now allows teachers to create and grade quizzes ). Collecting data for science experiments.

Next-generation assessment and accountability in Texas

The Christensen Institute

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the Texas Senate Education Committee held a public hearing for SB 1200 , a bill that would create a commission on next-generation assessments and accountability. In our research on the K–12 education sector, we have found that improving our assessment and accountability systems is central to improving the overall K–12 education system.

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Support Superintendents and District Leaders is delighted to announce a partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) to support superintendents and school district leaders with an online community and series of edWebinars hosted on

Illuminate Education Joins Google for Education Partner Program as a Premier Partner


Google Cloud Platform, the same platform powering Google Search and YouTube, provides a secure, reliable, high-performance infrastructure with powerful data and analytics capabilities. ? Educators will be able to connect learning activities in Classroom with assessments from Illuminate to create a more comprehensive learning experience. ? Support for Chromebooks – This includes: (1) Full integration of online assessment and learning solutions for students. (2)

Edulastic joins Google for Education Partner Program

eSchool News

Edulastic , a next-generation online assessment platform for K-12 teachers and administrators, has become a Google for Education Partner. Now educators can use the technology-enhanced assessments and real-time data of Edulastic seamlessly with their Google Apps for Education. “We

Getting More Out of Google Forms with autoCrat

Hansen's Link to Tech

Most users utilize Google Forms for tasks such as surveys, data collection, assessments, contact forms, etc. Flubaroo - easy way to grade assessments Doctopus - creates shared folders and creates files to share with your students.

BENCHMARK UNIVERSE PRO TIP: How to Get Started with Benchmark Universe Quickly & Easily

Benchmark Education

Want a super fast way of distributing online tasks to your classroom? You can then begin adding assessments, eBooks, and ePosters. Note : You’ll need a subscription to one of Benchmark Education’s online assessment products to access this feature.

Mobile learning: The good and the bad


Our mobile devices are online 24/7. People in a café now usually ask the staff for the Wi-Fi password, and if there’s no Wi-Fi one can always tap the power of cellular data and stay connected to friends. It’s about mobilizing the learning experience, from being merely seated in a classroom discussing matters with your teacher or stuck with a laptop at home answering online assessments, to taking an assessment while in a cab.