Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Learning Upgrade Adds Elementary English Courses

Each of the standards-aligned courses for grades 3 through 5 is designed by educators and includes songs, video and games.

New York to Shorten Common Core Assessments Again

The assessments given next spring will include fewer math multiple-choice questions and fewer passages in the reading section. This is the second time New York’s tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013.

California Reports First Common Core Assessment Scores

Statewide in all grades, 44 percent of students met or exceeded the English language arts standard and 33 percent met or exceeded the math standard. Despite the apparently low scores, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged caution in interpreting the results.

Curriki Debuts 3 OER Math Curricula

Curriki has launched three new supplemental math curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards and created using 1,422 open educational resources.

Is There an Uncrossable Chasm Between Research and the Classroom? Part 2

CCSS and NGSS are driving curricula and pedagogical change. Coding those new curricular materials, imbued with the best research, in HTML5 will enable those materials to run on virtually every BYOD computing device in the classroom. You read that right: every computing device!

Survey: Teacher Quality, Not Testing, the Best Way to Improve Education

According to the latest education survey conducted by PDK and Gallup, 97 percent of public school parents believe that teachers offer the best hope for improving the quality of schools. Only 19 percent put first priority on using test results to make changes.

Follett's Lightbox Delivers Integrated Digital Content

The new digital resource for use in grades pre-K–6 digitizes books and integrates them through a portal with audio, video, interactive activities, slideshows, Google maps, quizzes, curated Web links and keywords.

Early Results from Common Core Tests Show Academic Gains

Some states have begun to report the results of their Common Core-aligned state standardized tests from the 2014–2015 school year, and so far, most are showing increases in student achievement.

Using Visual Storytelling to Teach Common Core ELA and Math

Stacie Isenberg, the technology integration coach at Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (PA), talks about helping teachers use the Shutterfly Photo Story app to teach to a variety of standards.

Triumph Learning Develops Three State-Specific Versions of Waggle for Math and ELA

The new versions of the digital learning tool are aligned to the state learning standards in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.