iOS app Android app

Assessment

Student Progress and Teacher Improvement through State Annual Testing

Teach Plus | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that Brandon would be not fall "behind" if his family needed to move to another state. But having high standards like CCSS is not enough. The standards must go hand-in-hand with high-quality annual assessments that provide data for Brandon's teachers wherever he happens to attend school.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

The New Gender Divide in Education

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

While many countries can claim victory in having closed gender gaps in the knowledge and skills of boys and girls, we may have lost sight of important social and emotional dimensions of learning that may be far more predictive for the future life choices of children.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Searching for the Perfect Employee

Alexander Dresner | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Alexander Dresner

The talent market is a highly inefficient market. By promoting better alignment between supply and demand forces, employers, job seekers, and the overall economy stand to gain.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Measuring the Unmeasurable in Higher Education: Taking a Page From Health Care

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

I was challenged by a member of our humanities faculty, who argued that we can improve conditions for the better without being able to measure them. He gave critical thinking and civic engagement as examples.

Essential Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Clare Berke If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I ...

Collect the Learning Evidence

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Good educators know that evidence gathering is a central component of their craft. Perhaps they don't use the term "evidence" to describe what they search for, preferring instead "testing" or other assessment-related jargon.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

Teach Plus | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Micah Miner In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud...

10 Tech Trends That Will Impact (Virtually) Every Teacher

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than 700 tech-savvy educators converged last week to compare notes (both digital and analog) and best practices at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston.

Stop Defining Yourself as a Jerk!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

These little sayings add up to our definition of who we are. I consider them a pile of behaviors that we define as "me." The more we talk, the more we define our unalterable essence.

Pay Attention to the Middle of the Bell Curve

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

In fact, the lifeblood of our organization, its DNA, sits in the middle. It is the 80 percent of the organization that comes to work every day doing their job. They are the face to the customer; they are the company's growth engine, productivity engine and profit engine.

A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

No Excuses!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Genuinely apologizing is one of the most magical healing, restorative gestures a person can make. Without the apology, there is no recognition or acknowledgement that mistakes have been made, there is no announcement that you intend to change, and most importantly, there is no emotional contract between you and the people you care about.

Playful Learning and Rigorous Assessment: Can We Level-Up the Common Core?

Michael Levine | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

According to a recent New York Times piece that has stirred a highly emotional debate among my many colleagues, parents across the U.S. who once felt ...

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Ignored by our current education policies are the facts that one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them. Educators now spend a great deal of their time trying to help children and families in their care manage these issues, while they also seek to close skill gaps and promote learning.

Leave It to Ritalin

Susanne Antonetta | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Susanne Antonetta

We did have Ritalin as a therapy for attentional problems in the 1960s; it simply wasn't dispensed as it is now. In the CDC's latest figures, 11 percent of all kids are diagnosed with ADHD, and a big chunk of those diagnoses were made before age six.

Arguing for Science Literacy

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Students who learn to be confident that their ability to "get smart" is not a fixed trait, but instead a malleable capacity that they can grow as a result of effort, are better able to engage in argumentation and persist through difficult intellectual work.

A Moratorium on Education Loses the Game

Teach Plus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones You eat, breath, and sleep football--that is daily life when preparing for a championship game, practicing to be the best team possi...

Playing Favorites

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

There's a reason I devote so much time and energy to identifying interpersonal challenges in successful people. It's because the higher up you go in the organization, the more your problems are behavioral.

The Test From an Adolescent Perspective

Teach Plus | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Field Testing Common Core Assessments -- A Big Step Toward a Worthy Goal

Chris Minnich | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Chris Minnich

The week of March 24 represents a milestone in American education that I think is worth taking a few moments to reflect on.