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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


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

As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work?

As more schools invest in student iPad programs, one question still unanswered is whether or not those devices can be used for the high-stakes online tests coming in 2014.

Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released a sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year.

Solving Formative Assessment's Catch-22

Teachers often have a hard time embedding assessment in their instruction, but some technologies are making it a little easier.

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