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Educational Leadership:Assessment to Promote Learning:Seven Practices for Effective Learning

Educational Leadership:Assessment to Promote Learning:Seven Practices for Effective Learning | education reform | Scoop.it

Teachers in all content areas can use these seven assessment and grading practices to enhance learning and teaching.

 

Classroom assessment and grading practices have the potential not only to measure and report learning but also to promote it. Indeed, recent research has documented the benefits of regular use of diagnostic and formative assessments as feedback for learning (Black, Harrison, Lee, Marshall, & Wiliam, 2004).

 

Like successful athletic coaches, the best teachers recognize the importance of ongoing assessments and continual adjustments on the part of both teacher and student as the means to achieve maximum performance.

 

Unlike the external standardized tests that feature so prominently on the school landscape these days, well-designed classroom assessment and grading practices can provide the kind of specific, personalized, and timely information needed to guide both learning and teaching.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Very good teaching, and specifically assessment, advice no matter what year level or school context-consistent with good principles of assessment

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:43 PM

This is another great assessment resource for teachers, Thank you, Jay McTighe and Ken O'Connor!

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Education & Skills Today: Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice?

Education & Skills Today: Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice? | education reform | Scoop.it
How are policy makers in the United States using data to help districts maximise their impact? And, what tools do districts need to work together in order to build stronger communities?
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In important areas of learning, beyond disciplines, used as part of a broader assessment regime, with good assessment items...there should be some very helpful data available for schools and systems.
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Schools exacerbate the growing achievement gap between rich and poor, a 33-country study finds - The Hechinger Report

Schools exacerbate the growing achievement gap between rich and poor, a 33-country study finds - The Hechinger Report | education reform | Scoop.it
Central to the American dream is the notion that any kid, even one from the poorest of backgrounds, can study hard, do well in school and make it in our society. But many of us fear that the schoolhouse is no longer a path to the middle class. That fear grows with the rising number of U.S. …
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This is striking! A prominent topic in education equity discourse has been about how schools add value to student learning and achievement and how this can be measured. Here, there is evidence that schools and school curriculum can actually exacerbate the achievement gap and compound the socio-economic divide-between schools and between classrooms within a school. We really need to examine the impact of teacher expectations, school resourcing, streaming of classrooms, personalised learning and differentiated curriculum, amongst other things. We have to, for the benefit of all young people, irrespective of their home backgrounds.
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Being Mindful of Cultural Differences

Being Mindful of Cultural Differences | education reform | Scoop.it
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It is so important, not just working with students, but also working with parents and other adults, that you are cognisant of, empathetic to and respectful of cultural difference. Sometimes those points of difference are so markedly different to your own world view that it can be very frustrating if you are not aware or accepting of them. You can't just read about this stuff, you have to talk with people -both those within that cultural group and those who have had the experience in working with that group. Its only then that you can move beyond what is different; and try to find common ground and build fruitful relationships.
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Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills | education reform | Scoop.it
In a closely watched experiment, students in California are being tested on their social-emotional skills; the results will be used to rate schools.
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How software that learns as it teaches is upgrading Brazilian education

How software that learns as it teaches is upgrading Brazilian education | education reform | Scoop.it

Teaching algorithms aim to change Brazilian education for ever – but where does the teacher fit into the classroom of tomorrow?

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This is potentially impressive-certainly for that particular context. Anything that helps improve teaching and learning - Its worth having a closer look.

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iNACOL Offers Lessons for Successful Blended Learning Implementations - T.H.E. Journal

iNACOL Offers Lessons for Successful Blended Learning Implementations - T.H.E. Journal | education reform | Scoop.it
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has released a new report, Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008-2015, that examines the history of blended learning and offers a range of...
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A quick read-nothing new but consolidation of some earlier research

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iNACOL-Blended-Learning-Teacher-Competency-Framework.pdf

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A framework that has been field tested and outlines 12 specific competencies and effective practices across four domains -a useful reference for teachers to reflect on what they might need to  focus on in their practice.

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How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons | RAND

How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons | RAND | education reform | Scoop.it
Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system.  
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Of course, and rightly so, the presumption here is that they are taught explicitly

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Top 5 Online Learning Skills That Online Instructors Should Have - eLearning Industry

Top 5 Online Learning Skills That Online Instructors Should Have - eLearning Industry | education reform | Scoop.it
Top 5 Online Learning Skills That Online Instructors Should Have. Check the Top 5 Online Learning Skills That A Successful Online Instructor Has.
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Its interesting isn't it! The top areas identified here for good teaching ie know your content, know appropriate pedagogies, know how to interact, relate and communicate, and know how to manage groups and individuals are important whether you are working in online mode or not - its just that the skill set needs to be adjusted for the mode. My contention is this-a really good intuitive teacher in a brick and mortar school with these skills, will continue to be a great online teacher with some tweaking for a blended or virtual classroom.

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom | education reform | Scoop.it
At P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.
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What the video illustrates is that there are different ways for teachers to enter into this space and to develop it further to maximise the learning opportunities for students in 21st century classrooms

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P21 Releases Framework for State Action on Global Education

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 10, 2014 -- Framework provides states with actionable strategies to better prepare students for the global realities of work and life in the 21st century.
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A great global initiative - lets learn from each other

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NCEE » International Reads: News from the Top-Performing Countries

NCEE » International Reads: News from the Top-Performing Countries | education reform | Scoop.it

Lots mof international activity

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Recent international activity and research that continues to build our evidence base and as necessary to inform our practices.

 

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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | education reform | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Gust MEES
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An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

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N Kaspar's curator insight, September 2, 2014 12:33 PM

Intriguing idea.

Alina Dogaru's curator insight, December 19, 2014 4:42 AM

Forstå og komme i gang med kurator tjenester.

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Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach | education reform | Scoop.it
Instead of teaching coding, start with design thinking and empathy. Have students design a service-oriented app and then figure out how they can build it.
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Whether its coding by design, planning by design, assessment by design...it works well whether with students or with teachers.
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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report | education reform | Scoop.it
Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms. Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and …
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I know that Finland has been touted as having a great education system but many times with the qualification of its unique cultural context. But, what are the key takeaways here? Teachers and the nation as a whole have a love of childhood and children; teachers are highly trained and have a deep understanding of how different children learn best; teachers are warm, respectful, professional, and valued by the nation; the system encourages teacher collaboration with the freedom to innovate and experiment to improve student learning outcomes. Maybe it is a unique context but all these things can be transplanted to any country or education system as long as the political will is there.
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Are we becoming slaves to standardised assessment? - Global Education & Skills Forum

Are we becoming slaves to standardised assessment? - Global Education & Skills Forum | education reform | Scoop.it
Standardised assessment is a part of life in most modern education systems. In recent years the use of it has …
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You know, if the standardised test is linked to the formal curriculum; if there is test validity; if the items themselves are based on good assessment principles; if the test, comprising items of varying difficulty and appropriate challenge can be taken online at relevant points in time for different children; if there is helpful information for teachers and parents; and if its part of a well rounded assessment regime, then neither students nor teacher should ever be slaves to standardised assessment.  
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Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning | education reform | Scoop.it

Find information, strategies, protocols, and tools -- including resources and downloads from teachers and schools – to promote curiosity and engage students in asking questions, thinking critically, and solving problems.

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Worth a look - a great compilation to scan for tips and resources on how to go a bit deeper in helping young people further those key competencies (critical and creative thinking amongst others) across the curriculum.

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This Is What Today's Online Learning Content Tells Us About The Future Of School

This Is What Today's Online Learning Content Tells Us About The Future Of School | education reform | Scoop.it
Today’s children are extremely savvy. They’ve grown up in a world where information was always just a button away. Buttons? Soon, they won’t even need buttons. With Windows 10, they’ll simply say, “hey Cortana.” She’s more like the world’s greatest librarian than a personal assistant. She delivers content on command. [...]
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Great point! Yes we are information rich and young people can find what they need via the internet but we still need educators to teach, nurture and help students build their thinking skills to select, interpret, analyse, synthesise and then to apply and problem solve.

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NAPLAN-style testing ignores large part of Australian holistic curriculum - The Australian Financial Review

NAPLAN-style testing ignores large part of Australian holistic curriculum - The Australian Financial Review | education reform | Scoop.it
There are many things we want children to learn at school that standardised tests such as NAPLAN tell us nothing about and when narrow performance measures threaten to influence curriculum decisions in schools and classrooms, we need to be reminded...
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If we want standardised measures of student learning that go beyond those traditional areas that are tested now, we need to ensure that our curriculum ie our content, our standards, our assessment, include those important aspects of learning that we value. What we value can and should be measured but before then it should be explicitly and consistently taught, learned and experienced. If you set up measures to assess what is not taught, it is then that you get people teaching to the test! In those circumstances, it is not the teachers' fault, its not the tests' fault, it is the fault of a misaligned education system.

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Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms

Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms | education reform | Scoop.it
History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences.
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A common sense approach from a teachers perspective on different ways to transition into a blended learning classroom

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Must Read: Free Learning Websites for all 21st Century Learners - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Must Read: Free Learning Websites for all 21st Century Learners - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | education reform | Scoop.it
Even those who are in the edtech industry can miss out on some seriously helpful free learning sites that are impacting the teaching and learning practices offering a little something for every kind of learner in 21st century.
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It depends what you need as a learner and how discriminating you are. But these are free sites and they are worth interrogating.

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The next generation of education system | Visual.ly

The next generation of education system | Visual.ly | education reform | Scoop.it
This info-graphics provides the information about tutoring for high school students and befits and import ants of Online education system.
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Its not that you don't need a teacher or coach, its that you don't need the traditional factory brick and mortar model for learning to thrive.

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Linda Darling-Hammond: Despite challenges, U.S. schools 'doing something very right'

Linda Darling-Hammond: Despite challenges, U.S. schools 'doing something very right' | education reform | Scoop.it
Equity in education is essential to provide students deeper learning opportunities critical to developing skills necessary in our rapidly changing economy, Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University, told a group of Arizona education leaders last week.
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This is not a bad catalogue of what systems should do to start with: focus on pre-school and full service facilities for young people; provide equitable access to resources; invest in teacher training and their ongoing learning; design school environments with blended learning opportunities; provide an inclusive and thoughtful curriculum focusing on 21st century learning skills and competencies; and assess students' performance in relation to those important skills and competencies.

support children’s welfare, including health care and preschool, provide equitable resources to schools, make substantial investments in initial teacher education and ongoing support, design schools to support teacher and student learning, provide equitable access to a rich, thinking curriculum and assess students’ performance by focusing on higher order skills - See more at: http://azednews.com/2014/09/16/linda-darling-hammond-on-equity-in-education/?__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273#__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273Those nations support children’s welfare, including health care and preschool, provide equitable resources to schools, make substantial investments in initial teacher education and ongoing support, design schools to support teacher and student learning, provide equitable access to a rich, thinking curriculum and assess students’ performance by focusing on higher order skills - See more at: http://azednews.com/2014/09/16/linda-darling-hammond-on-equity-in-education/?__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273#__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273Those nations support children’s welfare, including health care and preschool, provide equitable resources to schools, make substantial investments in initial teacher education and ongoing support, design schools to support teacher and student learning, provide equitable access to a rich, thinking curriculum and assess students’ performance by focusing on higher order skills - See more at: http://azednews.com/2014/09/16/linda-darling-hammond-on-equity-in-education/?__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273#__scoop_post=fcfd6460-3fb6-11e4-e629-842b2b775358&__scoop_topic=2536273
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How The Common Core Is Playing Out In All 50 States

How The Common Core Is Playing Out In All 50 States | education reform | Scoop.it
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:

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The Common Core is just one of many examples of education reform that go down this track...you know when something is a good idea, those who did not think of it try to modify it or call it something else or re-package it or even review it! Why don't they spend their energy and money on improving it and making it the best in the world? Together we can always make a more substantial difference for our young people than we can separately.

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Shift from sitting GCSEs a year early wins guarded support

Shift from sitting GCSEs a year early wins guarded support | education reform | Scoop.it
The number of students entered for a GCSE exam a year early plummeted by 40% this summer. Before 2014, the number of students taking their exams in Year 10 rather than Year 11, particularly in English…
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Any policy change at this level has to be in the best and fair interests of the students -both in terms of intention and enactment

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