Middle and high school students who lacked foundational mathematics and reading skills used Edgenuity MyPath for about one hour a week in a computer lab or at home. Middle school students showed the most improvement, with average gains of over 5 points on the NWEA MAP Reading Assessment.
The 65,000-student Arlington ISD leverages EasyTech and Inquiry to deliver a comprehensive career and higher education investigations course. The year-long, technology-embedded course gives eighth-grade students an opportunity to both develop skills and establish a four-year plan that details the requirements for different career paths and colleges of interest to each student.
Assessment, when done well, can make a profound contribution to helping all kids learn. But for any test to make a real difference for student learning, crucial assessment components — such as norms, standard error of measure, scales and item pool depth — must be incorporated in order to yield actionable data that helps educators deliver individualized instruction.
Where once each school worked in silos managing student information and grading practices, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is now unified through an online system that has helped them standardize processes, assessments and grading between all of its 44 schools. The web-based system also gives parents access to their children’s grades and facilitates communication between teachers, students and parents.
Data comparability lets teachers, administrators, parents and students make important connections, recognize growth patterns, develop achievable growth projections, and compare groups of students. Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress and MAP for Primary Grades interim assessments help districts maintain data so that it can be compared vertically, horizontally and longitudinally.
Produced by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and Grunwald Associates LLC, For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K12 Assessments gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability.
Two years ago, the Agua Fria Union High School District, in Avondale, Ariz., launched the “College and Career Ready Index,” a measurement system designed to help improve students’ ability to succeed after high school. By spotlighting students’ strengths as well as the gaps in their high school portfolio, district administrators are hoping to guide them onto a path of success and increase the number of graduates who go to college. This would also make the district more attractive, bringing even more students into the district.
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards will require a large-scale, institutional change that many schools and districts may not yet recognize. This white paper offers thought leadership on the strategy, structure, and processes needed for implementation of true standards-based instruction, including a helpful rubric.
Branford (Conn.) Public Schools is successfully transforming its teacher evaluation system into a program more about constructive teacher improvement and less about state evaluation compliance. We were intrigued and decided to follow up with Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez on the details of the new program and how it works.