Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Certica Acquires NWEA's Formative Assessment Item Bank

A provider of data management and student assessment tools for K-12, Certica, has acquired the Northwest Evaluation Association's Formative Assessment Item Bank line of business.

Compass Learning Launches New Digital Activities for Grades 6-8

Compass Learning has added 800 new activities to its portfolio of tools designed to help students in grades 6-8 improve their English language arts and math skills for computer-based assessments.

Will Gifted Education Weather the Common Core?

According to a new study, some districts and states believe that the Common Core gives them a reason to "ditch" services for gifted students, equating the standards with advanced education.

Skyward Launches Test Bank Management Tool

Skyward has debuted the Test Bank Management Solution, designed to help districts manage their own test banks, collaborate with other Skyward customers and integrate test bank providers.

ASCD Calls for 2-Year State Assessment Accountability Moratorium

ASCD has issued a statement calling on policymakers to place a moratorium on using standardized assessments for accountability purposes.

Teachers Mixed on Common Core, Support Blended Learning

More than nine out of 10 teachers in America report using technology in the classroom. Two-thirds said they support the idea of a blended classroom. These results and others came out of an "internal poll" given to the members of the Association of American Educators.

Global Oneness Project Debuts Free Multimedia Resources, Lesson Plans

The Global Oneness Project, a curator of multicultural studies, has launched a multimedia initiative for K-12 and higher education that combines free digital stories and lesson plans.

Triumph Learning Offers Spanish Edition of Common Core Coach

Developed for dual-language instruction and two-way immersion classrooms, "Tutor de Estándares Comunes, Artes del lenguaje" features Spanish-language support to help native speakers in third through fifth grades master the language arts skills and strategies emphasized by Common Core State Standards.

To Prepare for Online Assessments, Some Schools Try to Break Their Own Networks

In three states this week, schools encouraged thousands of students and staff to overwhelm their networks with traffic. The stress tests have helped district leaders spot and solve tech issues ahead of this spring's Web-based testing.

Decisions Made Now Will Guide Education for the Next 20 Years

Educators and students could benefit or suffer intensely from the battles now being fought over education technology.