Giving Students Access to Achievement Data Can Make a Big Difference in Schools

June 24, 2015

By Dennis Pierce
A growing number of schools are giving students regular access to their own achievement data, so they can monitor their learning trajectory—and this is having a huge impact on student performance.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, technology, student information system, learning management, 21st-Century Learner

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

5 Ways to Use A Classroom Blog During Formative Assessment

March 4, 2015

by Heather MacCorkle Edick, M.S.Ed
Part 3 of 3

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Topics: Formative Assessments

5 Reasons to Use a Classroom Blog during Formative Assessment

March 3, 2015

by Heather MacCorkle Edick, M.S.Ed

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Topics: Formative Assessments

Formative Assessments: A Performance Check-Up

April 29, 2014

During an eSchool News webinar sponsored by SunGard K-12 Education, experts took a deep dive into formative assessments to highlight this tool that has proven a powerful ally for improving student performance and differentiating instruction. The panel was moderated by Joel Hames, M.Ed., SunGard K-12 director of product management, and featured Bethany Silver, Ph.D. —director of assessment, evaluation, and research of the Bloomfield Public School District, Conn. —and John Phillipo, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, CurriculumCONNECTOR, 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

Formative Assessment Trends: The Common Core

January 21, 2014

Recent changes to the Common Core curriculum have increased the rigor of education in classrooms around the country. As this trend continues, it has become more important than ever to understand what students know and are able to do. This can be achieved with formative assessment practices.

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Topics: Common Core Standards, Formative Assessments, computers in the classroom, 21st-Century Learner, performanceplus

Student Response Systems Intrigue

December 10, 2013

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga
I am often approached by sales representatives lauding their wares, but rarely do I walk away intrigued. In most cases, I understand the nature of the product and quickly determine its value. In this case, I am speaking of a student response system (SRS). This particular SRS is quite different than most on the market, although it has been around for as many years as its competitors.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, technology, education, 21st-Century Learner

TCEA Update: Delivering Formative Assessments via Mobile Phones

February 6, 2013

By SunGard K-12 Staff

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Topics: Formative Assessments, Mobile Technology