As new assessments are rolled out, concerned parents will want to know why their kids' scores have decreased. Here's how educators can explain the change and highlight the positive aspects of the new standards.
- By Kristen Swanson
The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.
McGraw-Hill Education has released a K-6 reading intervention focused on Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
New research is questioning the validity of high stakes tests given by states, calling breakdowns in quality control "near commonplace," even as test results affect whether or not students are able to graduate or move to the next grade.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.
Online education provider Advanced Academics has updated its online math and English/language arts courses to align with Common Core State Standards and require additional rigor on the part of students.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has issued a request for proposal for "a computer-based test delivery platform, an assessment item repository, a data warehouse, score reporting tools, and a score reports design study," according to a news release from the 20-state consortium.
The success of the largest education reform effort of the last decade — Common Core State Standards — is contingent upon effective teacher professional development, according to a new report. But professional development needs to become more than a string of one-day workshops in order to help teachers make the transition.
Curriculum Associates has enhanced its Ready Common Core reading program with content tailored for beginning readers at kindergarten and first grade levels, while enhancing support for teachers adjusting to the new Common Core State Standards.
Alabama's Baldwin County School District will be expanding its use of digital curriculum from Knovation this year. The 30,000 district has decided to deploy the company's icurio digital content to all 45 of its schools after piloting its use in seven high schools and one elementary school.
- By Dian Schaffhauser