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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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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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5 Tips to Help Transition to NGSS

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

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*) demand a shift in how educators approach science education. This shift includes an emphasis on the integration of three dimensions: to incorporate an understanding of how scientists and engineers think and act with the learning progression of science content. Students need opportunities to engage in learning that blend all three dimensions of the standards:

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New Science Partnership Brings STEM Gauge and IQWST Together

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

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Measured Progress is really excited about our new partnership with Activate Learning, the publisher of IQWST (Investigating & Questioning our World through Science & Technology). Activate Learning is one of the leading middle school science curricula providers in the US. Their inquiry-based approach engages students in doing science. The partnership was announced on March 31, 2016 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Nashville. Since then, we’ve been working side-by-side on a correlation document to show how our two products, IQWST and STEM Gauge®, come together in the classroom to provide a complete solution for full NGSS* alignment.

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Online and Paper Testing: Are We Looking at the Differences Closely Enough?

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2016 / by Chad Barrett posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Interim Assessments

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Recently Parcc, Inc. reported student performance differences on the Spring 2015 PARCC® assessments based on the mode of testing: online or paper. Benjamin Herold summarized the findings in two recent Education Week articles. He reported that the pattern of lower student performance for those taking the computer-based tests was most pronounced in English Language Arts and middle- and high-school mathematics (Herold, 2016a). Parcc, Inc. has not yet released research evidence or announced a plan to conduct research that may explain the mode differences. Herold reported that Parcc, Inc. is asking participating states to examine the differences and draw conclusions appropriate for their context.

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Top 3 Lessons Learned from Leaders

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

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Measured Progress was a sponsor of the recent Education Week event, Leaders to Learn From, where thirteen school-district leaders from around the country were recognized for their vision, hard work, and impact. These are the innovators that seek to improve the lives of their students, teachers, families, and communities. Listening to the leaders describe their work, we were inspired to hear what district administrators can accomplish—in spite of major obstacles like budget cuts, staffing shortages, and more.

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