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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


New Acuity Tool Tackles Online Assessment of Performance Tasks

Education publishing and technology company CTB/McGraw-Hill has released a new application that allows teachers to create project based assessment tasks.

Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning

Formative assessment began long before blended learning. But formative assessment is particularly in the spotlight now because it features so prominently in emerging blended learning programs. In fact, it's hard to imagine effective blended learning without strong formative assessment at its foundation.

125,000-Student District Rolls Out Online Assessments to 183 Schools

A Florida public school district with almost 200 schools has deployed an assessment platform to help target areas where students are in need of improvement.

Dell Software Tool To Help Districts Prepare for Online Assessments

Dell Software has gone public with the news that its Dell KACE family of systems management appliances includes tools to help school districts ensure their technology is ready for online assessment testing programs.

Netop Student Response System Turns Mobile Devices into Clickers

Netop has released a Web-based student response system that allows students to use their mobile devices as clickers.

Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation

Conflicting reform efforts, poor communications, and "initiative fatigue" are among the factors presenting challenges to Common Core State Standards implementation. In order to overcome these potential barriers, states, districts, and schools need to take new approaches to professional development, technology adoption, and reform efforts, according to a new report released Thursday by ASCD.

Online Tool Gauges Student Computer Skills

A textbook publishing company has released an online program to help schools measure the basic computing skills of their students.

Texas District Adds Blended Learning Tool To Prepare Students for Biology Assessments

The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District in Texas has adopted a new tool for blended instruction in an effort to prepare high school students for end-of-course assessments in biology.

A Balanced Approach to E-Portfolios

An e-portfolio pioneer discusses the value that e-portfolios provide in the K-12 learning environment, what's holding them back in the age of standardized assessments, and which tools teachers can use to improve the effectiveness of e-portfolios in their classrooms.

Study Tracks Types and Frequency of Instructor Comments on Student Papers (awk.)

Educators at both the high school and postsecondary levels are writing the same types of comments on student papers, according to a new study, which also suggested that feedback intended to help students improve their writing skills may not be having the desired effect

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