For many educators, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a significant shift from the standards and curriculum to which they are accustomed. That being said, there is a need for collections of resources that can help keep you up to date as the CCSS develop and are implemented. I would like to thank Chris
Looking for ways to make sure that all of your students can show what they know and can do on assignments, quizzes or probes you build within Discovery Education? As we try to collect reliable and actionable data from our students, we sometimes worry whether our items become a test of English language understanding rather
As discussed in a previous blog, “Educators ‘Score’ Evaluation Tactics Low,” New York state educators, administrators, and government officials are locking horns over the implementation of teacher evaluation systems that include student assessment results. The latest wave of activity featured a statement by state governor Andrew Cuomo that districts must adopt new evaluation systems or
Just a note for our partners in the “Sunshine State.” The Florida Department of Education has formally set the new FCAT 2.0 state assessment achievement level cut scores. Since the predictions made by Discovery Education interim benchmark assessments are based on these decisions the Florida Test C interim benchmark will be a predictive measure of
Seven of the 11 states seeking waivers from the core provisions of NCLB included additional testing as part of their waiver application. Many of these new tests would be in the subjects of science, social studies, the arts, and other subjects not currently required by NCLB. Here is to hoping that they win their waiver
I am following the story of the 488, and counting, principals from Long Island that, along with a number of colleagues, signed a letter to the state of New York protesting the use of student test scores to evaluate teacher and principal performance. This is a reminder of the importance of work in the area
I saw something memorable on a Friday afternoon in between sessions at the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE) Annual Conference. There I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, and spent 15 minutes watching a student marching band that thrilled me with their excellence, organization, and leadership. I
Thank you to all who have made my first month in the DEN so outstanding. My name is Jason Altman, and I am the new DEN manager for assessment. I am looking forward to getting this blog going in the coming weeks, so please check back frequently. I promise there will often be something new.