Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Survey: Teacher Quality, Not Testing, the Best Way to Improve Education

According to the latest education survey conducted by PDK and Gallup, 97 percent of public school parents believe that teachers offer the best hope for improving the quality of schools. Only 19 percent put first priority on using test results to make changes.

Follett's Lightbox Delivers Integrated Digital Content

The new digital resource for use in grades pre-K–6 digitizes books and integrates them through a portal with audio, video, interactive activities, slideshows, Google maps, quizzes, curated Web links and keywords.

Early Results from Common Core Tests Show Academic Gains

Some states have begun to report the results of their Common Core-aligned state standardized tests from the 2014–2015 school year, and so far, most are showing increases in student achievement.

Using Visual Storytelling to Teach Common Core ELA and Math

Stacie Isenberg, the technology integration coach at Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (PA), talks about helping teachers use the Shutterfly Photo Story app to teach to a variety of standards.

Triumph Learning Develops Three State-Specific Versions of Waggle for Math and ELA

The new versions of the digital learning tool are aligned to the state learning standards in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.

New Digital Tools Match Up With Interim Common Core Assessments

A new set of digital assignments in math and English will be available this fall that are pegged to interim assessments intended to help students meet Common Core State Standards.

Minnesota ED Renegotiates Pearson Contract in Face of Testing Outages

A testing provider has had to reduce the value of its contract and kick in some free services for shoddy server performance during a major assessment period in Minnesota.

Skyward, Certica Partner on K-12 Assessment Tools

Certica’s 80,000-plus item bank of assessment tools will now be available via Skyward’s existing student management system.

New App Teaches Coding With Robots

Blockly for Dash & Dot Robots enables kids as young as five to instruct the robots to sound an alarm, work through a maze of objects and control one another.

NVBots Releases New Lesson Plans for 3D Printing in the Classroom

NVBots has launched a new set of lesson plans, available through the NVLibrary, featuring 3D printable components.

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