Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Latest Renaissance Study Shows Student Learning Loss Slowing in Fall 2021

Renaissance, a global provider of preK–12 assessment, literacy, and math solutions, has released the 2022 edition of its How Kids Are Performing report, showing that COVID-19 learning losses continued in Fall 2021 but appears to be slowing down, according to a news release.

Most States' 2020-21 Assessment Scores Added to Assessment HQ Website, Illustrating Pandemic's Impact on Proficiencies

The Collaborative for Student Success has updated its site with state assessment data from across the United States reflecting proficiency levels during the 2020-2021 school year along with the previous four years, illustrating in one place the impact of pandemic disruptions to student learning nationwide.

Google Invites Classroom Users to Join Beta for 'Practice Sets,' with Auto-Grading, Instant Student Feedback, and More

Google for Education today launched the beta sign-up for its new Practice Sets feature in Google Classroom, which gives students hints for solving problems and immediate feedback on their answers — and can turn teaching content into interactive assignments and automatically grade responses, Google said in a blog post.

Savvas Unveils Summer Math and Reading Courses to Help Students Catch Up

Savvas Learning Company, a provider of K–12 learning solutions, today introduced several new digital courses intended to help students overcome pandemic learning loss over their summer break, according to a news release.

Mississippi to Use COVID Relief Funds for Statewide Access to Digital Learning and Safety Platforms

The Mississippi Department of Education has announced it will spend $49 million in pandemic relief funds on four new statewide initiatives to boost learning and safety, including providing 24-hour access to 1:1 digital tutoring for all students grades 3–12, at no cost to school districts or students.

YouScience Report: Female Juniors and Seniors Have Far More Aptitude Than Interest in STEM Fields

A new study of YouScience aptitude assessments completed by 116,372 female high school juniors and seniors across the nation shows that female students had 10 times more aptitude than interest in careers in architecture and engineering, and nearly four times more aptitude than interest for careers in computers and mathematics.

The Re-Emergence of Competency-Based Education: What It Might Look Like and Why It’s Needed in Today’s Classrooms

The opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills and abilities by any means available during the pandemic shattered the one-size-fits-all model of bubble sheets, rote memorization, and timed exams. Already the backlash to No Child Left Behind had softened the terrain, but figuratively tearing down the classroom walls tossed many educators and students into the deep-end of these educational cousins which are soon to be the hallmarks of 21st century learning.

ED Invites Applications from States to Support Innovation in Assessment Systems

Department of Education has opened the application period for its Competitive Grants for State Assessments program designed to improve assessment systems to “better reflect the needs and experiences of our nation’s students and communities,” according to the ED website.

Teachers Pay Teachers Buys Bakpax Automated Grading Platform, Will Add to TPT's Easel

Teachers Pay Teachers, a learning resources platform used by 85% of U.S. teachers, announced today it has acquired Bakpax, a browser-based tool that reads students’ handwritten and text submissions and grades assignments in seconds.

New Research: Grade Readiness at Start of School Year Was More Impactful Than Being In School or Remote During Pandemic

Whether students were prepared for grade-level learning mattered more to their progress over the course of the pandemic than whether they were remote or in school, according to new research released today by Curriculum Associates.