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Alma releases new standards tracker

By Laura Devaney
June 26th, 2015

Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time

standard-trackerAlma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards.

The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. Educators get visibility into student achievement on each standard in real time and in a way that is aligned to their natural workflow for curriculum and instructional planning.

Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model. The system provides educators the contextual information they need to gauge class performance against each standard and effectively plan the next steps in their curriculum and instructional strategy.

Through an intuitive, streamlined, color-coded interface, educators can plan and track the frequency of lessons taught and assessed against each standard, as well as measure proficiency levels by class at anytime, from anywhere.

The system shows students’ latest proficiency scores on each standard based on their performance in all classrooms so their teachers always know the students’ current skill level. This is particularly valuable as more schools and educators incorporate project-based learning and other multidisciplinary approaches that teach standards across the curriculum, such as working ELA standards into science classes.

“Our Standards Tracker is another step in our mission provide school and district leaders and teachers with a holistic view of student learning as this picture continues to evolve and expand,” said Alma President Jack Macleod. “What was viewed as holistic five years ago, even two years ago, is even more complex and detailed today. We work closely with top education experts through our Advisory Board to support the education community in advancing our collective understanding, improve the process, and accelerate learning.”

Alma is a flexible platform for schools and districts to align their curriculum and instructional plans to state and Common Core State Standards as well as local targets and benchmarks. The Standards Tracker is available for the 2015-16 school year.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura