Assessment & Accountability

Nevada District Extends Online Assessments

Clark County School District in Nevada is upping its stake in online assessments for its younger students.

3 Keys for a Successful E-Portfolio Implementation

E-portfolios can be used to do more than just demonstrate student progress toward standards. They can also allow students to show who they are as individuals, while also providing a means to track a student's growth from kindergarten all the way through high school and beyond.

Pearson PowerSchool 7.0 Enables National Student Record Transfer

Pearson Education has made dramatic updates to its student information system (SIS) and its online teacher grade book.

Accelerated Reader Student App Comes to iOS

Renaissance Learning has released a free iOS app that lets students take their Accelerated Reader quizzes on their iPads, iPhones, and iPods.

Questionmark OnDemand Expands Analytics

Questionmark has released an update to its SaaS-based assessment tool, Questionmark OnDemand. The incremental update includes new forms of analytics reporting tools to help measure performance and pinpoint areas that might be in need of additional investigation.

What Value-Added Assessments Won't Tell You About Effective Teachers

There's more to being an effective teacher than raising standardized test scores, yet test scores have gained widespread acceptance among the public as the key indicator of performance.

NGLC Pumps Funding into Ed Tech Focused on Common Core

The Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative has awarded $7 million to education technology programs focused on Common Core State Standards.

High-Stakes Online Testing: Coming Soon!

For decades the No. 2 pencil and bubble sheet have ruled the student assessment process. The time has finally come to move those tests online. Here's what you can expect.

i3 Grant Program Opens with New Priorities for 2011

The Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program for schools has received a major facelift. Based on "substantial feedback from prior applicants and other stakeholders," the United States Department of Education has revamped the rules and made it easier for schools to obtain matching funds.

How To Build an Online High-Stakes Assessment System

As one of the pioneers in instituting statewide online assessments, Delaware provides an excellent case study in how to plan and implement such an ambitious initiative.

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