Assessment & Accountability


25 New Common Core PD Courses Tackle Instructional Shifts

Professional development course provider Knowledge Delivery Systems is adding 25 new Common Core courses to its catalog, addressing topics like curricular shifts in math and ELA and leadership.

Upgraded MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach Comes With a Money-Back Guarantee

MindPlay guarantees schools that 90 percent of students will gain at least two grade levels of improvement in reading when using MVRC four days a week for 30 minutes each day — or the company will refund their purchase.

PresenceLearning Offers Free Webinar on Implementing CCSS for Students With Communication Disorders

“CCSS & Severe Cognitive Disabilities” will take place Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

SETDA Debuts Free Resource for Online Testing Requirements

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched a new Web site, The Guide to Technology Requirements, designed to help K-12 leaders understand requirements for online assessments.

Smarter Balanced Asks Educators To Help Set Performance Levels for Online Assessments

At a recent policy-making event, Smarter Balanced’s governing states cemented their support for several key implementation decisions and are calling for help from educators in participating states to help set the four "performance levels" in advance of the first online assessments, slated for the 2014-2015 school year.

Teachscape Debuts New ELA and Common Core Courses for Educators

In an expansion of its online Common Core course offerings, Teachscape is introducing new self-paced courses for educators focusing on English Language Arts and literacy.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Releases Common Core Reading Practice and Assessments Apps

The grade-specific apps for kindergarteners through sixth-graders provide literacy exercises and practice tests aligned to the ELA Common Core State Standards.

Learning First Alliance Suggests CCSS Assessment Delay

The group representing 10 million educators cautioned against using aligned assessments in high-stakes accountability decisions, and also announced a new website to highlight best practices for implementing Common Core State Standards.

Learning Upgrade Releases Sixth-Grade Math Course Built for Common Core

The course guides students through 60 step-by-step lessons, each of which provides practice problems accompanied by immediate intervention and remediation with multimedia supports.

Researchers Team Up with Lexia To Rewrite Literacy Testing

The Florida Center for Reading Research is working with Lexia Learning, a subsidiary of Rosetta Stone to create the new interactive and adaptive literacy tests with multiple aims, including cutting dwn the amount of time spent on assessments.

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