Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Minnesota ED Renegotiates Pearson Contract in Face of Testing Outages

A testing provider has had to reduce the value of its contract and kick in some free services for shoddy server performance during a major assessment period in Minnesota.

New Digital Tools Match Up With Interim Common Core Assessments

A new set of digital assignments in math and English will be available this fall that are pegged to interim assessments intended to help students meet Common Core State Standards.

Skyward, Certica Partner on K-12 Assessment Tools

Certica’s 80,000-plus item bank of assessment tools will now be available via Skyward’s existing student management system.

New App Teaches Coding With Robots

Blockly for Dash & Dot Robots enables kids as young as five to instruct the robots to sound an alarm, work through a maze of objects and control one another.

NVBots Releases New Lesson Plans for 3D Printing in the Classroom

NVBots has launched a new set of lesson plans, available through the NVLibrary, featuring 3D printable components.

Odysseyware Adds Custom Course Builder and Search Functionality

The custom course builder has been redesigned to allow educators to identify and organize the building blocks of a course so they can personalize the learning experience for each student.

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Kaplan Debuts Augmented Reality Tools for Elementary Classrooms

Kaplan Early Learning has launched a series of augmented reality tools designed for use in kindergarten and elementary school classrooms.

5 Tech Tools to Help Prepare for Common Core Assessments

With the first round of computer-based Common Core assessments complete, here are a handful of tech tools that will help teachers and students prepare for the next round.

AYP Gets the Boot in Every Child Achieves Act

The potential successor to No Child Left Behind — the Every Child Achieves Act — passed in the United States Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 81-17. This bill is a proposed replacement for the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which funds public education in this country.