From bandwidth issues to playing nice with assistive technologies, there's a lot that can go wrong in the world of high-stakes online testing. Our new legal columnist shares why it's not just states and testing companies with a lot on the line.
Across the country, middle school mathematics teachers are increasingly familiar with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and report that the CCSSM are more rigorous than the state standards they are replacing, according to a...
"What this graph helps illustrate is that we have a lot more commonality in standards and assessments than we did five years ago. We never got to perfect commonality, and, in fact, the trend is slowly moving in the other direction. If other states follow Georgia’s lead and go their own way on assessments, that red bar will continue to creep up. But, if states switch between consortia, join ACT’s Aspire, or work with another state, the number of assessments will stay the same. No state has officially dropped out of the Common Core standards yet, but that blue bar could rise over time as well."
Nearly 53% of respondents said their school or district has adequate technology in place – or is on track to have the technology — to implement the common core, including online assessments. However, 43% of respondents said their school or district is not “tech-ready.”
The report finds that, although a direct federal role in implementing the Common Core State Standards has been controversial, a majority of states in the survey support legislative and/or regulatory changes to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act to help them with their implementation efforts. The report also addresses the issue of within-state opposition to standards and finds that the vast majority of survey states do not anticipate their state’s decision to adopt the standards will be reversed, limited or changed in 2013-14.
On the surface, some educators might think the higher level thinking skills needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessments are too much to ask of special education students, but I propose those higher level thinking skills are just what special education students need.
NCTM serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities. Working for more and better math for all students.
Fifteen presidents of the professional societies that make up the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, including NCTM President Linda Gojak, have signed a statement of “strong support” for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The statement calls the Common Core State Standards “an auspicious advance in mathematics education.” - See more at: http://www.nctm.org/news/highlights.aspx?id=38992&blogid=6806#sthash.fgfUJ66z.dpuf
As the state noted its first test-score decline in at least a decade , superintendents changed their tune in predicting what impact the new, rigorous Common Core curriculum would have on the Maryland School Assessment scores this year.
State Superintendent Lillian Lowery as saying: "If [teachers] are teaching the Common Core standards, they should do well on the Maryland School Assessments and the High School Assessments."
The new Common Core State Standards are bringing a new generation of tests next year which are already being touted by teachers, parents, and politicians as the apocalypse of education in America. These tests will measure skills like reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and the ability to write a cogent argument or present an opinion with evidence to support the proffered point of view. How are these skills not important? They are the basic skills required for college, career, and life.
So why aren’t they already being taught as part of the curriculum?
As California teachers begin to strategize about how to meet the Common Core standards, some educators say that explicit instruction in social and emotional competence – teaching students how to regulate their emotions, problem-solve, and disagree respectfully, among other abilities – should be a key part of the equation. The ability to collaborate, to see others’ perspectives, and to persevere in solving problems is required of students in the Common Core
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