Assessment

Assessment

ESSA UPDATE

In April, we reported that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was disrupting the educational marketplace as states began to implement their plans and transition to new systems. Staffing cuts at the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education were also concerning educators and the industry as it might hamper the agency’s ability to effectively oversee…

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What’s Up with ESSA?

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the country’s oldest national education law dedicated to providing equal opportunity to all students. ESSA scales back much of the federal government’s role in public education on everything from testing and…

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Creating More Equitable Assessment for ELLs

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Since the creation in 2002 of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), accountability and assessment of public education in the United States has been based on annual standardized state tests. These tests have been used to determine the effectiveness of states, districts, schools, and teachers in helping students learn. Public school students in the…

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Assessing Personalized Learning

As the student population in the United States has grown more diverse, educators have looked for more effective ways to handle the growing diversity in the academic and language needs of their students. Personalized learning —tailoring instruction to each student’s unique needs and learning preferences —is one approach that is getting a lot of attention. Since…

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Guided Deep Learning and the Future of Assessment

Victory’s spinoff metacog has been busy adding new features and functionalities. When companies look to incorporate metacog into their digital products, they want to know two things: How does metacog work? What can metacog help me do now that I couldn’t do before? The answers to both questions lie in our unique approach to guided deep learning application: machine learning steered by an…

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10 Benefits of Gap Analysis

The educational market is in flux. States are pushing back from both Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments linked to the CCSS. States and publishers are waiting to see: Will funding be directed to charter schools? How many more states will drop out of the CCSS? Will states want summative, formative, or competency-based tests?…

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4 Keys to Developing Spanish Assessments

World Languages & Education #1 … an ongoing series As we discussed in recent posts, the assessment market is in flux. But this is nothing new. The passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002 disrupted the market, and for some companies this turned out to be a boon, as spending on state-level assessments nearly tripled in…

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9 Key Indicators to Watch in Assessment

Assessment in Education #1 … an ongoing series on assessment Creative Commons 2.0 by ccarlstead   The assessment market is a billion-dollar business. However, the market is in flux and no one can predict what will happen. Here are 9 key indicators to watch in 2017: 1. Uncertainty over the new administration’s educational policies On the campaign trail, the…

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Automated Invisible Assessment with metacog

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The Problem: Open-ended Tasks Are Underutilized We have been blogging about performance tasks for several years. One thing we have heard many times from publishers and educators alike: “I’d use performance tasks more often if I didn’t have to score them.”

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5 Keys to Assessment Literacy

At Victory, we have been developing many kinds of assessments. Whether the assessment is high-stakes summative testing, a performance-based task, or formative student self-assessment, assessment has a huge impact on classroom instruction. This means assessment literacy is a critical tool for teachers as they develop curriculum and apply classroom strategies. What Is Assessment Literacy? What does…

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