Assessment & Accountability


Report: Early Childhood Teacher Evaluations Must Consider All Areas of Child Development

Given the unique challenges faced by preK-3 teachers, teacher effectiveness at those levels should not be evaluated on student reading and math achievement alone but should also account for how young children actually learn, according to a new report.

LinkIt! Releases Common Core Readiness Assessments

Data-driven educational technology company LinkIt! has unveiled assessments designed to prepare students in grades 2 to 8 for Common Core standards.

Conference To Focus on Common Core Standards

Professional Educators of Tennessee, a statewide membership organization for teachers, administrators, and non-certified staff from kindergarten through graduate levels, will host a professional development conference focused on Common Core Standards June 22. Leader U 2013 will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN.

Curriculum Associates Expands Diagnostic, Progress Monitoring

Curriculum Associates will expand monthly progress monitoring to grades K-8 and offer diagnostic assessments up to grade 12 in i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction.

PARCC Unveils Common Core Assessment Blueprints and Test Specs

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released blueprints and test specifications for its English and math assessments. The documents are intended to help teachers prepare students for the new online assessments that will begin in 2014-2015.

eInstruction Rolls Out Entry-Level Clicker

eInstruction has released a new entry-level model in its line of radio-frequency classroom clickers.

Common Core Falters in Michigan

Michigan has taken the first steps in what could result in the end of Common Core in the state. The version of the budget passed by the House this week prohibits the Michigan Department of Education from allocating funding for the implementation of the standards. The Michigan House also has a separate bill in committee that, if eventually ratified, would formally withdraw the state from Common Core.

Alaska Joins Smarter Balanced but Remains Independent of Common Core

Even as some states begin pushing back against Common Core State Standards, the state of Alaska has signed on as an "advisory" member with one of the two consortia responsible for developing CCSS assessments. But the move does not signal that Alaska will adopt Common Core State Standards.

'Classroom Reimagined' Contest To Award $150,000 in Software Licenses

Education technology provider eInstruction has opened a new video contest that will grant $150,000 in Insight 360 software licenses to winning schools.

How Common Core Could Breathe New Life Into OER

Will the new state standards push more districts to start using open educational resources?

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