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
Overall, Success Academy students outperformed students across New York City by 52 percentage points in math and 32 percentage points in English.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
District leaders are learning about standards and assessments from Discovery Education’s Common Core Academy—and spreading this knowledge to their teachers.
- By Bridget McCrea
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium reported that its system is ready to handle a greater number of students than previously anticipated, so it's expanding its upcoming Field Test to allow member states to administer them to a wider selection of students, if desired.
The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees national student assessments, is looking for nominees to fill five upcoming openings.