So you’ve taken your first year of the Smarter Balanced online assessments and now you’re looking for places for your students to get more practice.
Don’t worry! Free Smarter Balanced examples, practice exams, and test samples exist and they are readily available. The best part is, you don’t even need to scour the Internet to find them!
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We know that there are two different Common Core-aligned assessment consortia, but what exactly makes them different? In this blog post we review the key elements of Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments. What makes them similar? What makes them different? Read below the fold for more.
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In today’s blog post, we wanted to take a quick look at the available PARCC online assessment practice and sample resources.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia developing Common Core-aligned assessments, has recently released updates to it’s “sample items” and “task prototypes”.
Looking for Smarter Balanced practice resource information instead? Be sure to check out last week’s blog post!
These free resources are designed to help both educators and students visualize and practice the basic scope and functionality of the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) interactions prior to the 2014-2015 assessment deadline.
Read below the break to learn where you can find the free PARCC resources and what value they provide to teachers and students practicing for the online tests. Continue reading “Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?”
As you know, Common Core-adopting states are less than a year away from completing their transition to the new standards and assessments. As this process inches closer to the 2014-2015 deadline, we have begun to hear the phrase “Common Core math” bantered around quite a bit.
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The modern education landscape is filled with instruction methodology buzzwords (individualized, differentiated, personalized, etc.). Each seeks to explain how to best develop instruction that is engaging and adapted for individual differences.
Though these terms may often be used interchangeably, they truly refer to different concepts within the classroom.
Today, we wanted to take a quick look at two of the most often confused concepts: “personalized learning” and “differentiated instruction“. Read below the break to learn about the distinction between the two and what the relationship between the two terms means for your classroom and curriculum. Continue reading “How to Know the Difference Between Differentiated Instruction and Personalized Learning”
If you asked five educators, each from a different state, what their opinion of calculator usage on standardized tests is, there’s a good chance you would get five different answers. Up to this point, each state has individually set guidelines for how and when students are able to use calculators on the tests.
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What comes to mind when you hear the word “literacy”? If I had to guess, your answer is probably reading and writing, and I wouldn’t blame you. Literacy is a storied staple of American schooling, beginning with D’nealian Handwriting practice, running through the book report era of middle school, and continuing to the glorious five-paragraph essay experiences of high school.
Those three examples have a common bond: they somehow involve words on paper or some other physical media. But the prevalence of computers, smartphones, and pretty much every other recent technological advance has expanded the definition of literacy.
Nowadays, educators must also be cognizant of promoting digital literacy, putting the proper utilization of digital tools and technology right on par with reading and writing. Continue reading “The Importance of Teaching Digital Literacy to Students”