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With Apps, Children Can Play the Game of Math - NYTimes

With Apps, Children Can Play the Game of Math - NYTimes | Educational Assessment Tools | Scoop.it
Apps in the form of games can help instill basic and complex math skills in children without them realizing they are being taught.

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:45 PM

Kids need to learn their basic arithmetic facts.  You can not learn that with a calculator.  Practice, Practice!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:05 AM

I find with young students that sometimes the intervention they need is more time practicing basic facts and concepts. Math games can help bridge the gap.

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Costs of #CommonCore Assessments lower costs in some states

Costs of #CommonCore Assessments lower costs in some states | Educational Assessment Tools | Scoop.it

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130818/NEWS01/130818009/Miss-teachers-approve-Common-Core-test-costs-?nclick_check=1

 

The tests will be given in 2014-15. The total cost is $29.50 annually per student for an English-language arts/literacy test and a math assessment — both to be given two times a year.

 

The current MCT2 test costs about $17 per year, while one Subject Area Test costs about $30. A typical 10th-grader would take English II, Algebra I and a writing test, costing the state more than $83 a year.

 

Education officials say not only do the tests, for the most part, cost less than Mississippi’s current MCT2 and Subject Area Tests, they offer a greater value in the way they test students.


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Class Dojo

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Teachers can use this classroom management tool to keep students focused and on task. Using Class Dojo can help students improve on...


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Assessment Literacy Project

Assessment Literacy Project provides free video modules on assessment for download by Dr. James Popham


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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | Educational Assessment Tools | Scoop.it

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf):

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?

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Math Specialists Get Ready Now: Common Core Assessments Are Coming

Math Specialists Get Ready Now: Common Core Assessments Are Coming | Educational Assessment Tools | Scoop.it
Skip Fennell, Jon Wray, and Beth Kobett (who was absent for this presentation) are the leads on the Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders Project. As the name implies, the focus ...

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Updates on Non-Summative Assessments Components from PARCC -k1,spkng,lstnng,midyear

Non-Summative Assessments | PARCC http://t.co/bGyPjrPXc8


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Blogush | 15 assessments that don't suck…

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Welcome to “15 assessments that don't suck.” At a recent edcamp I put up a session entitled “Assessments that don't suck.” It was an attempt by me to simply find new ways of assessing kids that don't suck.
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Over 5000 free math/science videos, images, assessments, and more from CK12


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Daily Routine

Classroom management is enhanced when routines are established that communicate order and learning. The beginning of a school day should start off with a balance of general classroom procedures such as “administrivia” and learning (Marzon, Gaddy, Foseid & Marzano, 2005 pp. 15-17 ). Learning at the beginning of the day should involve activities that allow students to get in a working mood such as daily starters, for example fun worksheets, classroom monitors, silent reading or group activities. Throughout the day, students should participate in various activities that cover all areas of study, and the timing of the activities relating to each area of study should be started at the same time each day so students will eventually develop a predictable learning environment. For example, Literacy groups may be scheduled at 12:00pm each day and each day at this time students will know what they have and what materials and instructions they need to get started. If students finish a task before everyone else, it is the teacher’s responsibility to make them aware of what they are expected to do when they have completed that particular task. Once again, like the activities that are consistently implemented at the beginning of the day, the activities at the end of the day should also be regular. There are many ways to end the school day, the teacher could involve the class in group discussions in regards to what they had learnt during the day, cleaning up, reminding students of what is coming up in the next few days or handing in homework tasks (Marzon, Gaddy, Foseid & Marzano, 2005 pp. 15-17).


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Excellent example of formative assessment in a...

Excellent example of formative assessment in a grade 8 math classroom. My Favorite No (by TeachingChannel). Also see: Standardized Test Scores Can Improve When Kids Told They Can Fail, Study Finds.
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Chandrika Shenoy's curator insight, June 2, 2016 2:32 AM
An interesting way to analyse mistakes!
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Aligning Interim/Benchmark Assessments to the CCSS

Aligning Interim/Benchmark Assessments to the CCSS (Webinar on Aligning benchmark assessments to the CCSS from @ccsso http://t.co/AJGOUVoxGH)

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26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments

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Need to create online assessments for a flipped classroom or for a blended learning environment? Here are 26 tools to get you started.

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Armando's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:21 AM

26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments

Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:29 PM

Herramientas para la evaluacion  en enseñanza online

Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:08 AM

I will definitely have some feedback after reviewing these tools to create online assessments. Creating assessments is an important first step because you don't give the prescription on how to fix a business before you've figured out what the problem are-that's why you begin with the assessments- they become your base starting point of reference. This article has tools to help you create those online assessments.Let me know which are your favorite tools. 

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Next Generation English Language Proficiency Assessments ...

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Two groups of states are working together to create ELP assessments based new ELP standards that correspond to a common set of college- and career-ready standards in English language arts and mathematics.
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