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Five Million Assessments Reveal COVID Educational Slide

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A new report based on 5.3 million assessments of student progress in grades 1-8 details the effects on learning associated with COVID-19 school disruptions. Released by Renaissance (a leader in pre-K–12 education technology) to end the speculation and provide guidance for educators as they address learning gaps, How Kids Are Performing: Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and...

Adapting Assessment to Personal Learning

The shift to online learning calls upon educators to reimagine the ways we structure our courses and facilitate the learning experience. With that comes the imperative to modify the way that we assess student learning. Even this fall term will be different from the swift move to online that many instructors experienced in the spring, now that we’ve had...

Developments in Remote Assessment

While the use of remote education and remote testing has been on the rise, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the volume of remote educational and assessment approaches. With this increased frequency of remote testing, it’s useful to know the variety of options available to help ensure a secure process that supports test-taker integrity. While the information presented here is not...

Newsela and NWEA to Partner

Newsela, a K–12 instructional content platform, has announced a partnership with NWEA to help teachers meaningfully differentiate instruction and engage all learners at a time when widening learning gaps call for even more tailored instruction. NWEA’s MAP Growth reading assessment gives educators the data needed to understand what students are ready to learn. That same data can now be...

Canada’s Centre for Education & Training To Provide Free English and French Language Assessments

The Centre for Education & Training (TCET) has announced a program to provide free English and French language assessments and referrals to training. TCET’s Language Assessment Services is funded in part by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Since 1992, TCET have assessed the language proficiency of over 310,000 immigrants to...

Giving World Languages a Voice… Virtually

The year 2020 has proven to be a challenge for the world and tested its resilience economically, epidemiologically, and pedagogically. Public and private schools have had to shut their physical doors to millions of students only to open virtual doors, continuing to deliver meaningful and engaging lessons through the new normal “classrooms,” be they Google Classroom, Moodle, Canvas, or...

McGraw-Hill and NWEA Connect Curriculum and Assessment

McGraw-Hill and NWEA have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on how best to make assessment data actionable by integrating it with core and intervention curriculum to deliver research-based solutions. Through the partnership, both companies will research ways in which their current solutions work together and explore new opportunities to support teachers with data-informed instruction. “Making connections between curriculum...

Drawing on Ideas for Language Learners

For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking concepts in a concept map, students and language learners create a visible...

Cooperative Construction

Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove examine the architecture of co-assessment practices for English learners The topic of assessment often weighs heavily on the shoulders of many teachers. More specifically, educators in general have concerns about gathering appropriate and adequate assessment data from a variety of sources for the teaching and learning of English learners (ELs). In addition, breaking down that...

Cultivating a Personal Style

Juliet Falce-Robinson insists on individual style in a skills-based approach to language teaching   The goal of a successful language program is to foment and foster the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency, and thus awareness, that will facilitate dialogue and contribution to a global society. Language teachers continually strive to provide educational opportunities that allow students to become multilingual, multicultural,...
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