Every ethnic and gender group saw statistically significant gains in math in the 2009 national exam. In reading, the results were mixed--with some groups statistically flat and others making gains--though overall scale scores improved from 2005, and no groups declined.
Questionmark has brought its mobile assessment app to the Android platform.
PolyVision has started shipping its new classroom presentation system, eno one. The system, which debuted last June, couples interactive whiteboard hardware with an open software platform that's designed to integrate with existing instructional tools.
Six members have been named to the National Assessment Governing Board, the organization that oversees and sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Turning Technologies has launched a new LCD version of its RF student response keypad, the ResponseCard NXT. The company also released a new software-based assessment tool, TurningKey.
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the final version of the Obama administration's National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a federal policy statement that puts technology at the heart of proposed changes to the way education is delivered in this country.
Student response systems at Campbell County Middle School in Kentucky have allowed teachers to gauge student readiness on the fly, providing visibility into the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and whole classes. One science teacher shares her experiences with "clickers" in the classroom--the advantages for teaching and learning and some of the hurdles when getting started.
- By Denise Harrison
In a boost to the ongoing effort to create a national set of core curriculum standards, Discovery Education has announced its widely used digital content services streaming, streaming Plus, and Discovery Education Assessment are now aligned with Common Core State Standards.
- By Scott Aronowitz
DYMO/Mimio has launched its new interactive classroom suite, MimioClassroom, including a new system called MimioTeach that turns a regular whiteboard into an interactive input device.
Orchard Learning, developer of the Orchard Software school improvement Suite, has launched a new targeted assessment and instruction tool called Orchard Now.