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Examining Test Based Accountability

December 11, 2014

This opinion piece by Robert Slavin questions the effectiveness of how test-based accountability is currently been employed in the United States. Slavin doesn’t question the use of high stakes testing as a valuable tool for identification of poorly performing students and schools. Read More…

 


 

Voter Perceptions of the Common Core Standards

March 21, 2014

Forty-six states and Washington DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) first conceived of by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Thirty-five states plan to fully Read More…

 


 

The SAT is to be redesigned for 2016

March 10, 2014

The College Board announced a major revision of the SAT college admission test. The redesigned SAT will no longer require an essay, place less emphasis on certain vocabulary, as well as return to the 1600-point scoring scale. This is the second major revision of the SAT in its 88-year history. The College Board’s refurbishment of the SAT is intended to provide greater opportunities for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The College Board is also taking on the test-preparation industry that sells materials and courses at high costs to help students raise their scores. The College Board will offer free online tutorials to help students train for the SAT.

https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-to-drop-essay-requirement-and-return-to-top-score-of-1600-in-redesign-of-admission-test/2014/03/05/2aa9eee4-a46a-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html

 


 

Balefire Reviews Educational Apps

December 4, 2013

Balfire has produced a web site to help parents and educators make informed decisions when considering the purchase of educational apps. The site strives to be a non-biased and objective source of evidence based information that offers reviews of educational apps that can be searched by subject (Math, Science, English/language arts) as well as by the target age of the app developers (0-3 through 19 up). This can be a useful tool for both the parent and the educator who are confronted with a confusing array of apps purporting to be effective uses of technology in teaching. The reviews examine each program against meeting criteria for effective instructional design.

Criteria include:

  • Feedback for Correct Answers
  • Error Feedback
  • Adapting Difficulty
  • Error Remediation
  • Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction
  • Clearly-Stated Learning Objective

http://www.balefirelabs.com/apps/

 


 

Issues Relating to Value-Added Modeling

October 31, 2012

A special meeting of researchers and experts in the field of value-added modeling (VAM) was held in August 2012 sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The purpose of the Read More…

 


 

Food for Thought Talks on Education Practices

August 22, 2012

If you have a few moments and want to watch stimulating discussions on topics in education, visit a web site created for Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. The site offers seven video presentations: Brain-based Education: Fad or Breakthrough, Learning Styles Don’t Exist, Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading, Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value-added Measures, Multi-tasking, and Teaching as an Art or a Science?

Dr. Willingham’s early work focused on the basis of the brain on learning and memory. His current research is centered on the application of cognitive psychology to K-12 education.

http://www.danielwillingham.com/videos.html