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Talking to the Test: Rigor & Depth of Knowledge

Help us take the pulse of the education industry! Please click one radio button in the poll question. After submitting, you can see how other educators have responded. Rigor is a concept that both Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards have brought into the spotlight. This brief video reviews the basics of Depth…

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Technology-Enhanced Item (TEI) for Grade 1

When I was executive editor of Weekly Reader, I was often struck by how challenging it was to put together a weekly magazine for the lowest grades. Now, we faced similar challenges in developing a technology enhanced item (TEI) for first graders. They may be digital natives, but they are still 6 years old. If you have been following…

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Games in Education to Assess Career Readiness

Using games in education may be the best way to assess career readiness. That may seem ironic, given that games are inherently based in fantasy. The video below shows the blended approach we used with EconLab, a game-like simulation. While the EconLab is instructional, the bulk of the learning takes place within the Economics and Personal Finance…

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Test Drive a CEPA (Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessment)

We have been getting requests to develop Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs). When assessment is outside the flow of instruction, it can feel forced and unwelcome to students. CEPAs are designed to remedy this situation. We invite you to view this 3-minute video describing our prototype CEPA for ELA/Social Studies.

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EdTech: Long-Term Convergences

As we leap ahead in the EdTech era, we wanted to look back a moment and put EdTech in perspective. This video explains three long-term convergences we see: convergence of content and interactivity through technology; convergence of what had been isolated “silos” of curriculum; and convergence of instruction and assessment, which had been distinct phases of the education process.

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Writing TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item)

Here is another TEI (technology-enhanced item) Victory has developed for English language arts. We are trying to push the envelope on interactivity, but we need to keep within the framework of the PARCC and SBAC assessments that students will soon encounter. Please take 2 minutes to watch the video; then play with the prototype Writing TEI here.

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TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item) for EBSR

Common Core assessments are going digital. We’ve made great progress in developing exciting technology-enhanced items (TEIs) for math and science. You can do so much with TEIs in these disciplines because it’s all about the math. But what about making TEIs for English language arts (ELA)? That’s a bit of a problem, because ELA is too open ended—there…

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