Good school leaders invest a lot of time and resources into creating a culture of learning that generates an environment that everyone, from students to staff to food service, wants to come to every day. During no other time are those investments tested more than the testing period.
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If there’s one thing we know that is constant, it’s change. And we don’t have to tell you, Illinois educators, you’re in the midst of a big change when it comes to the Illinois state assessments. Starting from the beginning, here were the hopes the Illinois Department of Education laid out to outline the evolution of the state assessment.
At Edmentum, it’s always a priority for us to stay on top of the latest education and technology trends. We’ve followed these and other important topics on our blog throughout the year, and now, as 2018 comes to a close, we’re looking back on our most popular posts. So, let’s take a look at our top 10 most popular blogs of 2018!
It is incredibly difficult to teach effectively without formative assessment. Students come to class with different abilities and backgrounds, and they learn at different rates. You need to know where they stand in relation to your pacing and curriculum goals at all times. Luckily, formative assessments don’t need to be time-consuming or difficult to accomplish. All it takes is adding a few of these ideas to your toolkit and committing to their use.
ACT® and SAT® Exams for All: Implications of Using College Entrance Exams for Federal Accountability
When college entrance exams are used as a measure for state and federal accountability, all students must take the tests, and the exams are provided at no cost to them. This removes both a financial and logistical hurdle from the process of applying to college, and it also can help identify college-ready students who wouldn't have opted into taking the test. An article from Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization, cites a study that examined Michigan's ACT testing mandate, which uncovered that college attendance increased by nearly 2 percent after the mandate and by 1 percent for low-income students.
When you do head back to school and log in to Study Island, you will notice a few changes. As a lot of you know, last summer, we released a number of features that positively impacted the experience of students using Study Island. This summer, we focused on you, the teacher, and ways that we could improve your experience using Study Island with your students.
The end of the school year brings about a lot of reflection. Many teachers look back on how the year went and students remember what they learned. At Edmentum, things are no different! We love to look back on past blog posts to see what really resonated with our audience throughout the school year.