Wireless Generation Offers Array of Tools To Ease Common Core Transition

With Initial “Gap Analysis” Educators Assess Readiness, Prioritize Next Steps

(Brooklyn, New York, September 13, 2012)

As schools nationwide embark on ambitious plans to implement new Common Core State Standards in K-12 education, the educational innovator Wireless Generation is providing digital tools to help schools and districts prepare teachers for the shift.

Among the tools Wireless Generation is providing schools are:

Implementation Gap Analysis Survey: Free to any school district that submits a completed survey by September 30th, this comprehensive gap analysis reviews eight areas of Common Core readiness and provides recommendations for an effective transition to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Districts can complete these surveys in less than one hour. Wireless Generation gives participating districts their detailed report within 48 hours after submission.

mCLASS Beacon Assessment Platform: An interactive visual “map” of individual and collective student assessment, pre-loaded with Common Core benchmarks for English Language Arts (ELA) and math. The map details what a student has mastered and needs to know in order to progress to next-level material. The Reporting and Analysis Suite generates reports that analyze school benchmarks in order to help administrators uncover patterns and better determine how to improve upon student performance.

Quick Checks: This newly developed assessment is the first Common Core transition program that introduces the rigor of the new standards and has original content written specifically to the framework of the Common Core. Teacher-friendly Quick Checks Mastery Series and Quick Checks Performance, offered as part of the Beacon assessment tool, can be administered in a single lesson. Offered in both ELA and math for grades 2 and up, the software promotes data-driven instruction that allows educators to use assessment knowledge to generate effective lessons aligned to the Common Core. Other features include scoring rubrics synched with Common Core benchmarks, a transition guide, a K-1-specific assessment, and project-based tasks for students.

Professional Development: Arranged to the convenience of teachers and schools, experienced professionals offer on-site, off-site and online sessions, ranging from half-day seminars to shorter meetings. The sessions aim to foster a deep understanding of the new standards, content and requirements. In addition, as a resource for educators, Wireless Generation will provide a video library of best teaching practices for Common Core lessons.

Learning Trajectory Posters: Easy, at-a-glance guides that break down the Common Core Standards in mathematics for grades K-12. Constructed by research professionals and distinguished professor Dr. Jere Confrey, the posters outline what students need to know in each grade in order to successfully proceed to the next one.

As a first step in the transition process, the CCSS Implementation Gap Analysis Survey is especially important because it helps districts begin to determine where they are on the road to Common Core, and enables them to anticipate obstacles and set priorities. Educators representing hundreds of districts have completed the survey.

To supplement the survey, Wireless Generation offers a variety of packages that facilitate the application of the guidelines outlined in the implementation action plan. The diversity in package choices allows schools maximum flexibility within their budgets and preferences.

Josh Reibel, CEO of Wireless Generation, said, “At a time when US education is seeing some of the most significant changes in decades, there’s a clear need for effective tools to assist teachers in meeting the rigors and complexities of the new Common Core Standards. Educators can find themselves overwhelmed by data related to what students know and don’t know; for more than ten years, Wireless Generation’s technologies and services have been focused on helping teachers synthesize that data and use it to enhance student learning.”

About Wireless Generation

Wireless Generation is an education company that harnesses technology to help teachers teach with excellence. Founded in 2000, the company provides educational software, such as assessment tools, adaptive curriculum for individualized instruction and large-scale data systems, as well as consulting services to support teachers’ expertise and school improvement. Wireless Generation provides a variety of tools to help school districts across the country move to the Common Core Standards, including assessment software, and professional development. The company provides innovative tools that help teachers meet each student’s needs and its products are used by more than 200,000 educators and 3 million children in schools and districts in all 50 states. More information is available at wirelessgeneration.com.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce.

Wireless Generation’s leadership includes multiple sources for media seeking expertise in the move to Common Core Standards, the role of assessment, and professional development needs.
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