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Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

| August 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

Some educators are looking forward to incorporating the new standards, encouraged by what they consider to be a higher level of rigor, but others believe big questions must be addressed before the standards are adopted.

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What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

| August 6, 2013 | 6 Comments

Clever tools can even allow us to measure and monitor our own progress. Newly awash in data, the question becomes: What do we do with this information?

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Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

| April 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

Competency-based learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace after they’ve shown mastery of a subject, rather than by their age, is quickly gaining momentum. Already, a few states like New Hampshire, Maine, and Oregon are moving towards implementing competency-based learning models throughout the entire state. What’s more, 40 states have at least […]

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 5 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

| March 14, 2013 | 18 Comments

SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning. The game-makers at the non-profit GlassLab are hoping to do this with the popular video game SimCity. GlassLab is working with commercial game companies, assessment experts, and those versed in digital classrooms to build SimCityEDU, a […]

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Anxious About Tests? Tips to Ease Angst

Anxious About Tests? Tips to Ease Angst

| February 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. But new research in cognitive science and psychology is giving us a clearer understanding of the link between stress and performance, and allowing experts to develop specific strategies for helping kids manage their fears. […]

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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

| February 1, 2013 | 20 Comments

Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try. Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to […]

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More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

| January 21, 2013 | 6 Comments

Flickr: albertogp123 By Ann Dornfeld An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that’s required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time. Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger […]

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How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

| October 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

Flickr:VFS As the number of K-12 students who take online courses continues to grow — more than two million are currently enrolled — the need to uphold rigorous standards to online education is becoming that much more important. And with criticism leveled at many online schools for poor academic performance, the online education model needs […]

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Will the New Online Standardized Tests Be Different?

Will the New Online Standardized Tests Be Different?

| October 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

By Sarah Garland New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions. Two […]

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