Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

SBAC, PARCC Issue Guidance on Minimum Hardware Specs for Education

The two major consortia that are developing assessments around Common Core State Standards today issued guidelines for new technology purchases in K-12. The specifications are intended to ensure that schools are equipped to deliver the next generation of assessments coming in the 2014-2015 school year.

Hawaii Deploys Tools for Common Core Assessment

The Hawaiian Department of Education will implement English language arts and math assessment tools for all schools in the state.

Schools Crunch Big Data With Free Software

When a charter school with a small student body wanted to collect, analyze, and use data in a new way, it did what any feisty little up-start would do--it created its own program. Of course, a little help from a cloud computing powerhouse helped.

Teachers Assess Comprehension, Bolster Student Participation with Web App

A new Web app fosters student participation and dialogue while providing instructors with a way to assess student comprehension of subject material.

Brief: Kaplan Releases Free 90-Minute Practice SAT Exam

Kaplan Test Prep and Testive have launched the Kaplan SAT TurboTest, a free 90-minute practice SAT exam.

Math Solutions Launches Free Online Assessment Tool

Math Solutions has launched the Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI), a free Web-based math assessment tool designed to help teachers evaluate "students' numerical reasoning and understanding of math principles," according to information released by the company.

Brief: Sunburst Digital Lorenz Partner for SWYK Online

Sunburst Digital will handle national sales and marketing for Show What You Know Online, a web-based system to be released this year that provides remediation lessons, games, and online assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards. It is designed to help teachers and administrators track progress district-wide, by school, grade level, class, and standard.

eInstruction Launches Insight 360 Formative Instruction System

eInstruction has rolled out its new Insight 360, a formative instruction system with expanded capabilities for mobile users including iPad compatibility.

Florida District Adopts Web-Based Tool for Teacher Effectiveness Evaluations

Florida's Citrus County School District is beginning a system-wide rollout of a Web-based teacher effectiveness evaluation tool. The district joins 21 others in Florida that have adopted the FASTe platform from ed tech developer Performance Matters.

GradeCam Releases Free Formative Assessment Tool

Ed tech developer GradeCam has released a free formative assessment tool for educators.