Browse by Topic: Assessment

Sales persons will find our collection of articles on assessment and testing from the ECP editorial team.


K-12 and Higher Ed: The Differences and Similarities

Is education one market or two? Karen Billings shares the findings of SIIA surveys.

Study Shows Teachers Embracing Common Core

A new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic shows that almost all teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority of those in states adopting the standards are enthusiastic about the implementation.

ASCD Launches Common Core Training Institutes

ASCD is kicking off a new series of Common Core training for educators beginning in November.

5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents

As new assessments are rolled out, concerned parents will want to know why their kids' scores have decreased. Here's how educators can explain the change and highlight the positive aspects of the new standards.

Report: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success Is Teacher Support

The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.

Widespread Errors Questions the Validity of High-Stakes Testing

New data has called into question the legitimacy of high stakes tests given by states, calling breakdowns in quality control "near commonplace," even as test results affect whether or not students are able to graduate or advance to the next grade.

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Most Americans Have Never Heard of Common Core

Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to a recent poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International and Gallup.

States Struggling To Secure Staffing and Resources for Common Core

While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University.

State Education Agencies See Little Threat from Challenges to Common Core

In states that have adopted Common Core State Standards, most state education agencies foresee proceeding with implementation in the 2013-2014 school year as planned, despite growing pressures from within schools and from outside the education system.

Georgia Withdraws from PARCC

State School Superintendent John Barge and Governor Nathan Deal have announced that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium and plans to develop its own standardized tests.

Florida Legislators Want Out of PARCC Assessments

Senate President Don Gaetz and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford have issued a joint letter to Tony Bennett, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, recommending withdrawal from the assessment program proposed by the national academic consortium Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

PARCC Gives Update for Common Core Online Assessment Field Testing

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has provided new details regarding its field testing plans.

Report: Most IT Pros Say Common Core Will Be Good for Their District

More than three quarters, 81 percent, of K-12 IT professionals believe Common Core State Standards will have a positive effect on their district, according to a new report by CDW-G.

Learning.com Launches Project-Based Online Curriculum

Learning.com has released Inquiry, a new project-based online learning curriculum designed to support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for kindergarten through grade 8.

Common Core: Understanding the Opportunity

Project RED co-author Tom Greaves examines the impact and opportunities as companies prepare for the Common Core State Standards.

Georgia District Refreshes Computers Systemwide in Preparation for Common Core

Troup County School System in Georgia has deployed new laptops and desktop computers at all 20 of its schools. According to a news release, the new computers are intended to help the district's students and teachers prepare to meet Common Core State Standards.

Report: Early Childhood Teacher Evaluations Must Consider All Areas of Child Development

Given the unique challenges faced by preK-3 teachers, teacher effectiveness at those levels should not be evaluated on student reading and math achievement alone but should also account for how young children actually learn, according to a new report.

Conference To Focus on Common Core Standards

Professional Educators of Tennessee, a statewide membership organization for teachers, administrators, and non-certified staff from kindergarten through graduate levels, will host a professional development conference focused on Common Core Standards June 22. Leader U 2013 will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN.

PARCC Unveils Common Core Assessment Blueprints and Test Specs

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released blueprints and test specifications for its English and math assessments. The documents are intended to help teachers prepare students for the new online assessments that will begin in 2014-2015.

Alaska Joins Smarter Balanced but Remains Independent of Common Core

Even as some states begin pushing back against Common Core State Standards, the state of Alaska has signed on as an "advisory" member with one of the two consortia responsible for developing CCSS assessments. But the move does not signal that Alaska will adopt Common Core State Standards.

How Common Core Could Breathe New Life Into OER

Will the new state standards push more districts to start using open educational resources?

Department of Ed Awards $708 million in Contracts for Nation's Report Card Assessments

The National Center on Education Statistics, the primary federal agency in charge of collecting and analyzing data related to education, has just awarded several multi-million dollar contracts to five education and testing companies as part of a five-year contract to administer the next generation of assessments for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Kno Advance Lets Publishers Convert Flat PDF Files into Interactive Textbooks

Education software company Kno has debuted Advance, a new platform that can convert PDFs and other flat document files into interactive electronic textbooks at no cost.

Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the Dog

Up to now, test makers have been the dog--and education has been the tail. But the test makers are increasingly out of touch with students who use mobile devices for everything including learning. The dog is, finally & rightfully so, becoming the tail.

What Race to the Top's School Leadership Evaluations Really Look Like

If you thought teacher evaluations were a challenge, welcome to the new federal requirements for evaluating principals and superintendents.

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