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Preparing for Common Core Assessments

High-stakes testing is about to change dramatically. As states and school districts strive to implement the Common Core standards and welcome more rigorous, online exams in 2014, school leaders are working to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to prepare students to succeed on these next-generation assessments.

With the generous support of Measured Progress, we’ve compiled this collection of stories to help you and your school leadership team best meet the challenges of the Common Core assessments.

 

—The Editors

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Preparing for Common Core Assessments

Why you should stop testing and start assessing

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The thought of asking students to take tests to show their knowledge had never crossed my mind. My goal has always been to design courses that capture the…

6 reasons it’s important to create your own online assessments

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At one district, homegrown online assessments prove valuable for teachers, students, and parents alike.…

Posting PARCC exams on social media is copyright infringement

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Is monitoring kids on social media following high-stakes testing a violation of student privacy? One lawyer representing those testmakers vigorously asserts it is not.…

The good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s online testing

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Leaders from 3 districts who recently took the PARCC online tests share the highlights and major lowlights from their recent experience. Being prepared may not be everything: You…

Smarter Balanced tests demand more of students

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"The challenge is the level of rigor," says one district's deputy Superintendent This spring, students throughout Clark County and across Washington will take a new standardized test called the…

The best tips for getting your school ready for Common Core assessments

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An elearning pro shares how to prioritize to make the transition to online assessments smoother As with anything in life, certain tradeoffs must happen in order for schools…

Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills

Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills

The shift toward online exams aligned with the Common Core standards will require much more preparation than making sure networks can handle the strain; students will need basic…

Ed-tech leaders brace for online testing

Ed-tech leaders brace for online testing

What keeps ed-tech leaders up at night? Making sure their schools are prepared to roll out high-stakes testing to students online by the 2014-15 school year is a…

How to prepare for Common Core testing—and why current teacher evaluation systems won’t help

How to prepare for Common Core testing—and why current teacher evaluation systems won’t help

To prepare for more rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core standards, teachers will need more time and opportunities to collaborate with each other, education professor Linda Darling-Hammond…

New online assessments to include accommodations for students with disabilities

New online assessments to include accommodations for students with disabilities

One of the two state consortia developing next-generation assessments to be taken online is seeking comments on a draft policy that proposes accommodations for students with disabilities who…

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The Common Core State Standards: How well are existing items aligned?

The Common Core State Standards: How well are existing items aligned?
Educators anxious to give their students a head
start with the Common Core State Standards may
be intrigued by classroom assessment products on
the market that are purported to be tightly aligned
to the Common Core State Standards in English
language arts and mathematics. However, there’s
more to alignment than meets the eye.

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