Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments

One of the two consortia working on online versions of high-stakes tests has released its first set of exam item prototypes; and if these samples reflect the direction of the full array of next-generation assessments in language arts and math, students can mostly kiss the standard multiple-choice bubble question goodbye. Production versions of the new exams are scheduled to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015.

NComputing Validates Online Testing System

NComputing, a provider of end-to-end desktop virtualization products, has announced that it has completed formal validation of the online test delivery system, TestNav, and according to the company, it is the first virtual desktop provider to do so.

Desire2Learn Mobile Platform Adds ePortfolio Module

Desire2Learn has released updates to three of its mobile solutions: Desire2Learn Campus Life, Capture, and Assignment Grader. The updates were announced the this week at FUSION 2012, the company's ninth annual users' conference.

Turnitin Improves Plagiarism Detection Integration with D2L Learning Suite 10

Turnitin and Desire2Learn have announced enhancements to the integration of OriginalityCheck and GradeMark with Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10.

GlobalScholar Releases Upgrades to Scantron, Exceed, and Pinnacle

GlobalScholar, a provider of data-driven technology solutions for education, introduced updates for all three of its product brands: Scantron, Exceed, and Pinnacle.

Turnitin to Develop Six CCSS-Aligned Writing Rubrics

Turnitin, a provider of originality checking and online grading solutions, has partnered with the English Professional Learning Council to develop writing rubrics aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

CTB/McGraw-Hill Expands Common Core Assessment Line

A major player in the K-12 education technology arena has introduced a new set of assessment tools to gauge student achievement in five areas.

eInstruction Updates Insight 360

eInstruction's new release offers improved testing and assessment capabilities as well as integration with new technologies.

Apple iOS 6 Guided Access Boon for High-Stakes Testing with iPads

During its Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco this week, Apple introduced a new feature that addresses both user accessibility and testing needs when its mobile devices are used in schools.

Georgia To Provide Early Intervention and Assessment Software Tools to All Schools

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) is providing every district and school across the state with software to support early intervention and assessment in the classroom.