Bloomfield Public Schools Closes the Achievement Gap

April 8, 2015

The following content was gathered from a report by the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, which was written in collaboration with Bloomfield Public Schools.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, technology, education, Leadership, assessment, K-12

Seven Tips for Using Assessments as a Motivational Tool

September 30, 2014

The Common Core State Standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the necessary skills and knowledge they need to succeed. But without motivation, students will lack the desire and enthusiasm to learn. Educators can inspire students by implementing certain motivational strategies with regard to assessments.

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Topics: assessment, performanceplus

Four Ways to Discover Why Students Can't Do Fifth Grade Math

August 19, 2014

By Heather MacCorkle Edick, M.S.Ed

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Topics: standards, data, assessment, curriculum, data teams

Helping Poor Test Takers Make the Grade

May 12, 2014

As the school year comes to a close, students are cracking open books and paging through old notes in preparation for end-of-the-year exams. It's during this time of year that many students—even those typically considered "good students"—battle test-taking anxiety.

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Topics: assessment, K-12

Online State Assessments – Still a Work In Progress

April 14, 2014

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

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Topics: assessment

Teaching and Learning Assessment

April 10, 2014

As a K-12 educator, it’s important to be on top of the latest educational standards and practices. This will not only enable you to become a better teacher, it will benefit your students and reignite your enthusiasm for instruction. And that can be contagious—students recognize this and, in turn, will become passionate about learning.

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Topics: assessment, performanceplus

Three Steps to Overcoming the Challenges of Student Assessment

April 8, 2014

Report card grades are only a small part of K-12 student evaluation. To wholly appraise a student, gathering, interpreting, and acting on insights about their performance plays a critical role in tracking successful and unsuccessful patterns in teaching and learning. Research spanning four decades has proven formative assessment to be a powerful ally for improving student performance and differentiating instruction.

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Topics: assessment, performanceplus

Four Reasons Why Performance-Based Tasks Make Excellent Formative Assessments

April 3, 2014

A new whitepaper by SunGard K-12 Education shared four reasons why performance-based formative assessment not only guides instruction but also is an effective part of the student learning process. Recent research by Jan and Steve Chappuis of the Assessment Training Institute found these learning/assessment tools:

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Topics: Formative Assessments, education, assessment, K-12

News from FETC: Dean Shareski Shares Four Big Ideas about Assessment

March 28, 2014

What’s the statute of limitations for sharing good thinking from a conference? Two months ago today, the Florida Education Technology Conference began in Orlando, Fla. There was so much thought-provoking discussion that we didn’t have time highlight it all. However, as all of us in the business of ideas know, good thinking does not have an expiration date. So today, we thought we’d share a bit from a session, titled “If You Hate Assessment, You’re Doing It Wrong,” by Dean Shareski, community manager for Discovery Education Canada.

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Topics: technology, education, assessment, K-12

Joliet Township High School District 204 Launches 21st-Century Educational Initiatives from PLUS 360 Suite

May 29, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district in Joliet, one of the fastest growing suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
  • Two campuses, Central and West, with an innovative academy structure and strong emphasis on technology
  • 6,000 students

Challenge:

Reinvent education to prepare 21st-century learners to compete and contribute in our global society.

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Topics: student information system, eschoolplus, Joliet Township High School District, iepplus, efinanceplus, financial and human resources, PLUS 360, assessment, curriculum, special education, performanceplus