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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 3 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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How do you find time to improve education and assessment?

The innovation in assessment encouraged by the ESSA passed in late 2015 sounds great, but we hear from educators that time is short at every level—from state personnel who are responsible for accountability assessments to local administrators and teachers who are responsible for most of the testing students experience. “How can we find time to create and evaluate new possibilities,” they ask, “much less devote time to trying new things in our schools?”

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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 2 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] November, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Innovation in education and assessment sounds good . . . but there’s never enough time.

The ESSA expanded the possibilities for assessment, and invited stakeholders to begin to create innovative assessments. However, a question we hear from state and local educators is: How can we find time to create and evaluate new possibilities, much less devote time to trying out new things in schools?

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Reflections from CSTA and NSTA Conferences

[fa icon="calendar'] November, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Fall conferences are in full swing for educators, and Measured Progress recently attended two regional science conferences: the California Science Education Conference (CSTA) in Palm Springs, and the first regional NSTA conference of 2016  in Minneapolis. It was incredibly energizing to meet so many science educators, and we came away from both conferences very impressed by the dedication of K–12 educators in the science community. Attendees described their shared mission to educate today’s students to know, think, and act like scientists and engineers, in line with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, and they offered numerous ideas about how to best fulfill that mission.

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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 1 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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10 sources of concern about time . . . and recommendations to address them

There’s a lot of discussion about innovative assessment practices today, for a variety of reasons, including the flexibility offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act and general dissatisfaction with traditional tests that focus on lower level cognitive skills. States and districts are deeply engaged in finding new assessment options, with growing interest in using performance assessment to gauge students’ higher order thinking skills and create engaging assessment activities with high instructional value.

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How Do You Fit New NGSS-based Assessment into Current Science Curricula?

[fa icon="calendar'] September, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS

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Having to select new curriculum and find appropriate NGSS-aligned assessment tools to support your transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*) can be a challenge. According to a recent article in Education Dive, the hurdle is even higher: “Teachers should be assessing whether students get the core ideas, but they also need to know whether students understand the larger framework and the ways scientists and engineers approach questions about the world.” In other words, K-12 science education today has to go beyond confirming content knowledge, to helping students make connections across science disciplines. At the same time, students are tasked to figure out how to understand natural phenomenon and create solutions to design problems. That’s a tall order, for sure.

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Reinforcing our Commitment to Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] September, 2016 / by Mark Johnson posted in Assessment Literacy, College and Career Readiness

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We all expect students to be open to learning better ways of doing things. But sometimes as adults, being open to new ideas about something you already know can be challenging—but ultimately invigorating and worthwhile.

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Doing the Right Thing: Feeling Good about Working on "Next-Generation" MCAS

[fa icon="calendar'] August, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Supporting the Students of Massachusetts

Stating the obvious, K–12 educational assessment is a complicated business. It’s not just because education standards and federal assessment requirements change. Throw in politics, state legislation, and the extremely public debates about testing, and it’s remarkable that progress is made at all.

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From Theory to Practice: Meet our Psychometric Interns

[fa icon="calendar'] August, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Assessment Literacy

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Every summer Measured Progress welcomes a few standout doctoral students to join the psychometrics team, through the Nambury Raju Internship Program. The program gives up-and-coming psychometricians a chance to put their coursework to practical use, and keeps Measured Progress psychometricians connected to current university programs in the field. This year, we welcomed two accomplished students to the program.

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