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Preparing for Common Core Assessments

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 simply making sure networks can handle the extra bandwidth constraints and that schools…

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 chief concern,…

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 told superintendents…

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 need help…

More training is key to better school data use

More training is key to better school data use

Schools and districts have come a long way in gathering and analyzing data to help boost student achievement, but according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign (DQC),…

Ohio schools test-drive state’s online assessment system

Ohio schools test-drive state’s online assessment system

A colorful pie chart appears on the screen, inviting pupils to create their own colonies, figuring out how best to allocate their resources.…

Parents, educators want more from assessment

Parents, educators want more from assessment

Thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, K-12 educators are spending more time than ever before on testing their students' skills—but is all this testing doing any good?…

States to launch ‘IT readiness’ tool for common assessments

States to launch ‘IT readiness’ tool for common assessments

As two state consortia work to create next-generation common assessments to help make testing more meaningful for students and teachers, a new tool will launch later this month to help…

Performance assessment making a comeback in schools

Performance assessment making a comeback in schools

Spurred by a federal directive to use “multiple measures” of student success, performance assessment is reemerging as a strategy to delve more deeply into students’ skills.…

Tips for making the move to online assessments

Tips for making the move to online assessments

As states move toward implementing online assessments in 2014, a panel of experts agreed that school technology leaders must ensure that districts have the capacity, manpower, and foresight to see…

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