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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


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.

Smarter Balanced Leaders Reelected

Three members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium executive committee have been reelected to their posts, including EC Co-Chair Joseph Martineau, executive director at the Michigan Department of Education's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability.

Sheridan Elementary Adds Assessment Tool To Improve Proficiency

Denver, CO's Sheridan Elementary School has adopted a new assessment tool as part of an effort to boost proficiency scores in core areas such as math, reading, and writing.

SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium held its second Collaboration Conference about the design and implementation of an assessment system that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math and English literacy.

Smarter Balanced To Host Public Meeting About Assessment System

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will host a conference this week about the design and implementation of its assessment system for the Common Core State Standards.

Virginia Publishes Digital Textbooks on iPad Platform

The state of Virginia has published the first of two textbooks developed on iBooks, Apple's iPad digital textbook platform.

i>clicker+ Student Response Device Adds Braille Buttons

i>clicker has started shipping an enhanced version of its student response device, the i>clicker+.

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.

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