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Jane Bryan Elementary School Improves Test Scores by 22% Using PowerSchool Assessment

Prior to 2013, teachers were guessing at what kids’ needs were at Jane Bryan Elementary School. Educators didn’t have a way to individualize the student learning experience. To provide high-quality, timely, and accurate formative assessment data to administrators and classroom teachers, the school began using PowerSchool Assessment. PowerSchool Assessment is a web-based instructional improvement system (IIS) that delivers standards-aligned content, assessments, and instant reports for precise analysis of student achievement. Since then, the school has improved mathematics instruction, helped students become accountable for their performance in mathematics, and increased the percentage of students passing the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) mathematics assessments by up to 76 percent for some grades.


The Roadmap to Successful Formative Assessment Implementation

The teacher’s understanding of exactly what their students know before and during instruction is significantly more powerful than finding out what they know after a lesson or unit is complete. State standards are becoming more rigorous each year.


9 Signs Your School Needs an LMS

The learning management system (LMS) has evolved from its early days as a classroom tool that disseminates information to students into a school- or district-wide solution that facilitates learning, communication, and collaboration amongst everyone in the school community: teachers, students, administrators, and parents. You may not even realize that some of your school or district’s biggest challenges—inside and outside the classroom—can be overcome using an LMS. If even just one or two of these signs sound like we were walking through your halls or sitting in on staff meetings, you may want to start researching how an LMS would fit into your setting.


Goochland County Public Schools Increases Graduation Rate to 96.7% Using PowerSchool Analytics

Goochland County Public Schools serve 2600 students outside of Richmond, VA. The district implemented PowerSchool Analytics in 2012 to more easily monitor student subgroups, meet federal objectives by tracking school and district performance data, and better meet the needs of all students by identifying exactly when they started struggling. They had an assessment tool, but what they didn’t have was insight into how subgroup students were performing on all of their assessments, like MAP, PALS, WIDA, and CogAT. Without visibility, it was nearly impossible to catch and correct learning gaps immediately.


Massapequa (NY) School District Unifies the Classroom for Improved Teaching

Prior to 2009, Massapequa Public Schools (NY), like most districts, lacked a learning management system that could provide a one-stop shop for collaboration throughout its eight K-12 schools. The district had disparate technology tools that didn’t communicate efficiently. For Massapequa to better fulfill its mission “to educate all students to their highest level of academic potential,” the district found itself in need of a more efficient system to better enable teacher collaboration, offer its 7,000 students more advanced learning opportunities, and better engage parents in their children’s education.


Navigate the New Learning Landscape

The most effective way to help students learn has always been to teach them the way they learn best. That includes not only the choice of material and how it’s presented, but also the manner and setting of that presentation. In a recent THE Journal webcast, Sam Morris, Global Education Solution Architect at Lenovo and educator Kelli Etheredge, Director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul's Episcopal School provided their unique insight on the new learning landscape.


Fun Ideas for #ActiveLearning In a STEAM Environment with 3D Printing

The best learning isn’t a “spectator sport.” It engages students in activities that push them to write and talk and, most of all, create. Here are the top ideas for helping your students engage in their learning through 3D design and printing.


GameChanger: Schools Learn Their Lessons on Ransomware

Schools suffer two major disadvantages when it comes to security. First, while they may be aware of potential vulnerabilities and attacks, they’re not necessarily in the same position as private industry to hire and retain deep security expertise. Second, spending on IT infrastructure isn’t the first priority for district budgets. To get around both those obstacles, savvy IT leaders are trying an end-run that utilizes a new service delivery model.