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Academic Language and its Connection to School Success

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: August 15, 2016

Across the country, educators and policymakers have begun to acknowledge the importance of academic language, as well as its notable absence from curriculum and assessment. This whitepaper focuses on the key elements of academic language, how academic language impacts reading comprehension, and how to incorporate academic language into instruction.

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The Definitive K-12 Guide to Formative Assessment

Sponsor: Mastery Connect
Posted: August 15, 2016

Whether you're already an avid fan of formative assessment or you're developing your formative assessment strategy for the first time, this online guide will provide you with real-world insights and tips from actual educators to help you fuel student growth.

The Definitive K-12 Guide to Formative Assessment will

  • • provide an overview of formative assessment and its benefits for students and teachers
  • • break down the difference between formative and summative assessment
  • • describe the three must-haves of meaningful formative assessments
  • • give you ideas to start using in your own classroom

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ESSA: An Opportunity for American Educators

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: August 15, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an opportunity for increased student achievement across the United States by allowing states a greater degree of freedom and control over public K-12 education. To take advantage of this opportunity, states must abandon the thinking that led to the failure of previous reforms such as No Child Left Behind and instead embrace a new mindset about the most promising strategies for improving schools. That new mindset must include supporting teacher collaboration, establishing clarity of purpose, providing ongoing feedback, creating conditions that allow educators to succeed, and sustaining improvement through the PLC process.

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Four Hallmarks of Digital Learning Success

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: August 1, 2016

To realize the full potential of technology, the shift to digital learning requires an intentional, well-developed plan for implementation that begins and ends with teaching and learning. How do you keep your classroom, school, or district on the path to student success? Download the white paper to find out!

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Scoring TELL

Sponsor: Pearson TELL
Posted: August 1, 2016

TELL quickly and accurately measure K-12 students' English language development. Because it requires productive as well as receptive language skills, TELL is able to calculate test scores on the basis of actual language use, not just knowledge about language, or ability to get correct answers on multiple choice questions. Scores give a detailed profile of student proficiency in English, identifying areas of both strength and weakness, as well as a summary overall proficiency level.

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Case Study: St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Sponsor: Fujitsu
Posted: August 1, 2016
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St. Thomas More Catholic High School's objective was to refresh its existing estate of tablets with a more modern hybrid device that would allow for more robust pen-input functionality. After a comprehensive evaluation process, see why the school chose Fujitsu Tablet Lifebook® T935.

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Formative Assessment Toolkit

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: July 1, 2016

Learn how teachers can create a collaborative learning practice with their students. Increase metacognition and generate more student self-regulated learning. Improve algebraic thinking in early and middle grades. See an example of how embedded formative assessment impacted a school, and get links to free resources.

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Identifying skills key to "real world" success

Sponsor: ACT
Posted: June 1, 2016

Academic achievement isn't the only factor influencing student success. Academic behaviors—such as motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation—are vitally important to students' abilities to perform and persist through high school and college. Pairing academic behavior assessments with behavioral interventions helps students prepare for their future educational challenges and increases their chances for success.

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: February 1, 2016

Many high-stakes decisions in education depend on student growth, value-added metrics and the resulting reports. But if educators and policymakers don’t understand how to interpret these reports, student growth and value-added metrics can’t deliver on their full potential to improve education systems. This paper explores the evolution of value-added reporting to a more comprehensive, accessible and intuitive tool for users – a reporting approach that gives context to growth measures and delivers helpful new insights for educators.

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