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Kati Elliott Cheryl Williams
KEH Communications Teachscape
Professional Development meets Curriculum and Assessment with new ‘Teachscape XL’
Student achievement is central to instructional effective system that improves teaching and learning
Washington, DC, June 28, 2009 – In its mission to provide an integrated instructional analytic system that has real impact on improving teaching and learning in K-12 education, Teachscape has expanded its web-based Teachscape XL professional learning platform. The platform now includes curriculum mapping to the core concepts and critical skills found in standards, varied student assessments that provide timely data for teachers, Classroom Walkthroughs for measuring instructional practices against modern research, and a host of online learning modules for driving classroom instructional practice.
Teachscape XL now includes four components designed to provide one system for using research and data to ensure students are progressing down a learning path. It provides the tools to assess student progress, analyze teaching strategies, recommend corrective instruction, and align curriculum to standards.
“Educators are faced with one of the toughest jobs in the world. They must help every student learn content that is defined by national, state and local standards. Often these same teachers are asked to do this without understanding how those standards break down to instructional practice” said Mark Atkinson, Teachscape’s CEO. “With Teachscape XL, we have created an integrated system that looks at all components of student learning together, instead of in isolated chunks of information – what needs to be taught, student knowledge acquisition, instructional practices, and research. Arming teachers with the resources to be successful, which ultimately leads to increased student achievement and teacher job satisfaction.”
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Teachscape XL components:
Curriculum Suite – The Teachscape Curriculum Suite starts with the vertical articulation of core concepts and critical skills needed to master the standards. It includes instructional pacing guides for each course and grade level, as well as test blueprints for state, benchmark, and formative assessments. The curriculum framework ensures that all students have access to rigorous expectations for what they should know and be able to do. This application also provides tools to build and share units and lessons within and across districts.
Assessment Suite – The Teachscape Assessment Suite captures and analyzes multiple measures of student performance from traditional testing and grading to rubrics. It includes the importing of state test data, a benchmark assessment system with page scanning of results, a standards-based grade book, and rubrics for evaluating students on work products or tasks. Learning Profiles provide graphically rich views of student performance without having to query for data. Profiles are generated for student, class, school, and district and disaggregated by subgroups. Standards-based report cards are also generated for each student and can include multiple measures of performance.