WebbAlign Helps Edmentum Refine Assessment Tools
software provider Edmentum is one of the
first companies to take part in a new partnership program initiated by WebbAlign,
an organization loosely associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
that helps schools, companies and organizations better align
standards, curriculum and assessments.
The WebbAlign DOK Partnership
Program, launched at EdNET last October, is intended to
provide hands-on professional
development consistent with the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) concept,
Norman Webb, which strives to create alignment between standards,
start the new partnership, 50 Edmentum staffers attended DOK training
to acquaint themselves with the concepts. The WebbAlign team then
Edmentum assessment items to provide feedback on their rigor and
seminars, part of the DOK Partnership Program, help ensure that the
system is being used as intended, and that the DOK concepts are
applied consistently within an education program.
is one of three organizations that signed on almost immediately to be
partners. The others are Edgenuity and NWEA.
"As K-12 standards continue
to evolve to meet
college and career needs in a 21st [century] global economy, it is more important
ever that the Depth of Knowledge and the level of complexity be tightly
across instruction and assessment programs," said Dave Adams, chief
for Edmentum, in a preparerd satatement. "By participating in the program, we know that our
providing highly aligned, rigorous instruction and assessment for
the WebbAlign founder, said, "We are glad to work with Edmentum to help
develop instructional materials and assessments that are aligned to the
complexity of the standards."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.