At Edmentum, we have worked hard to embody our mantra of “Educator First.” This simple idea of listening to the educators who use our programs and responding to their needs has permeated every leve
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In 2018, the Edmentum Research and Design team completed a study that was set in an Oklahoma school district. This district used Test Packs to structure instruction and prepare high school juniors for the ACT test, which is a portion of the state’s accountability system for high school graduation. The district requested support from the Edmentum Research team to examine the relationship between usage of Test Packs and student performance on the ACT test.
Student scores and performance-level classifications on state tests are an important part of school accountability under federal and state governments. When schools invest in programs like Edmentum’s Study Island, they want to know that the programs work. During 2018, the Edmentum Research and Design team completed three studies set in three different districts (Reading, Allentown, and an Arizona district) that examined how using Study Island affects students’ performance on state tests. Here’s a summary of the results.
In a recent Edmentum research study titled State-Level Student Growth Strategies, we provide descriptions of commonly used growth models and information about school accountability systems to examine how the growth models contribute to the system. For this blog post, we’ve synthesized some of that work to help illustrate the value of growth strategies in state accountability measures, and we include examples of models found across 20 different U.S. states.
Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) framework is a highly regarded model that has been proven to be useful in understanding what type of knowledge is required to solve problems in academia. Webb has outlined different levels of content complexity and understanding. Let’s take a look at an example, the DOK summary definitions for mathematics, which follow 4 steps.
It’s All About Context: What We Learned at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference
Being an #EducatorFirst company requires that we surround ourselves with educators. When it comes to math teachers, specifically, there is no better opportunity to do this than at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition.