Researchers at University of California, Davis are looking to determine the effectiveness of math assessments, with a special emphasis on how well current testing methods serve minority students. The researchers in UC Davis' School of Education have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to carry out their work.
Archipelago Learning has released Study Island 4, a major update to the company's online instruction, assessment, and reporting tool. In addition to a new assessment engine and online writing tools, the new version adds new collaboration features, gaming, and support for Apple iOS devices.
Education developer LearnBoost has added support for Apple's iPad to its free online gradebook and classroom management system.
High school teachers use wikis to manage their classrooms and create online collaboration opportunities. With wikis, their students can complete assignments, learn from each other, and communicate with their peers from around the world.
- By Bridget McCrea
There's a bumpy road ahead on the way to a successful Common Core State Standards movement. Already states and districts are examining the match between current standards, what they currently teach at various grade levels, and the CCSS. Of particular significance is that online tests will become the norm in the years ahead for many states. But are schools and teachers ready for this? Should you be concerned?
- By Patricia Deubel
LanSchool Technologies has released LanSchool 7.5, an upgrade to the company's K-12 classroom management system.
Mathematics education software provider ALEKS Corp. has announced that its course products for grades 3 through 12 are now aligned with Common Core State Standards.
- By Scott Aronowitz
High-stakes assessments don't look to be going away anytime soon, but the form they take may be changing. The United States Department of Education Thursday awarded two grants to "move beyond narrowly focused bubble tests" and "develop a new generation of tests" based on standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative and adopted so far by 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Educators are finding flaws in RTI's three-tiered instructional method. So they're adapting it, trying more inclusive strategies that look to address learning deficits before they get too far along.
- By Rama Ramaswami
Sanborn Regional School District (SAU#17) of Kingston, NH has implemented Global Scholar's Pinnacle Suite in an effort provide its educators with comprehensive assessment tools that will help them make better, more effective decision regarding instruction.
- By Scott Aronowitz