High school exit exams may increase dropouts among vulnerable students, hinder college success and even negatively impact earnings for those who join the workforce immediately after high school. That's the bad news. The worse news, according to a new report, is that the exit exam situation is becoming legally, politically and academically more complex and burdensome for schools and students as Common Core assessments are transitioned in.
With Edulastic, teachers can create standards-aligned formative assessments with interactive, free-form questions defined by Smarter Balanced and PARCC.
- By Christopher Piehler
Core Score is a free app for Windows devices that provides students in grades three through eight with grade-appropriate math practice questions created for the Common Core State Standards.
- By Christopher Piehler
SIIA's annual survey reveals K-12 institutions lack technology needed for online, summative assessments, but schools are making improvements in the use of tech tools for decision-making and student access to digital content online.
Edmodo has released a new formative assessment tool called Snapshot, which is "designed to provide real-time insight into student proficiency in educational standards and help teachers immediately address any learning gaps."
As part of a broad expansion of its public sector efforts, VMware reported it's beefing up its education offerings, with a particular emphasis on security to support online high-stakes assessments for K-12 within its virtualization and cloud infrastructure.
Naiku is updating its assessment software with new features designed to better support standards-based grading. Upgrades include an increased number of reports available to instructors and expanded test creation options.
- By Stephen Noonoo
The Common Core State Standards is taking a bashing. There was such positive momentum at the outset and now? While there are, of course, legitimate concerns about a range of implementation issues, what we see is a small, but very vocal and very –well organized, politically, leading the charge against CCSS. It’s time for the silent majority to stop being so silent!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Odysseyware is releasing a series of new learning resources and courses, including Common Core curricula, several virtual labs, test prep tools and a library of blended learning videos.
These no-cost resources introduce your students to relevant readings that help them learn the nonfiction reading comprehension skills that new Common Core and state standards require.
- By Dian Schaffhauser