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2012-03-27 02:27:27

NATICK, Mass., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces the first published technology assessment in support of the safety, efficacy and long-term positive health outcomes of bronchial thermoplasty (BT) as delivered by the Alair(®) Bronchial Thermoplasty System, a catheter-based device designed to treat patients 18 years or older with severe persistent asthma. The report was published by the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) and...

2012-03-22 06:26:56

Teachscape partners with Consortium for Educational Change to deliver teacher evaluation-training statewide SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois State Board of Education has chosen the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) and Teachscape, the leader in delivering online professional learning content, innovative tools, and expert services to improve teaching practice, to provide an online system by which to train and assess all of Illinois'...

2012-03-12 20:09:26

The fate of nearly half a million immigrants hoping for U.S. citizenship may have been determined randomly, at least in part, according to a new study by a Michigan State University researcher who found the high-stakes civics test isn´t a reliable measure of civics knowledge. To be awarded citizenship, immigrants must correctly answer six of 10 questions on the verbally administered civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test, said Paula Winke, assistant professor of second...

2012-03-06 13:52:00

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Renaissance Learning, a leading provider of technology-based school improvement and school assessment programs, announced today that ATOS, the readability formula incorporated in the Accelerated Reader program, was found in an independent study to be a valid, reliable measure of text complexity as required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts. (Logo:...

2012-02-29 07:00:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobalScholar®, a trusted provider of intelligent, data-driven education technology solutions, today commended the recent efforts in Congress to expand computer adaptive testing through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120208/SF49503LOGO) Under the leadership of Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education...

2012-02-28 13:50:00

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In business, competent leadership is paramount to success. Businesses with strong leadership are 13 times more likely to outperform their competition, and three times more likely to retain their most talented employees. Yet research suggests that half of all current executives will eventually derail. This high rate of executive failure begs the question: where are these leaders going wrong? "Primal Leadership," a free whitepaper from...

2012-02-23 21:50:00

In an educational environment in which resources are scarce and every minute of instructional time counts, our nation´s over-dependence on traditional assessment is considered by many to be one of the greatest barriers to success. A national survey by Lexia Learning® shows that educators spend, on average, nearly an entire instructional month (20 days) or 157 hours focused on assessment of reading skills. In contrast, an “embedded assessment” approach can help schools...

2012-02-08 10:45:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The way in which teachers test students' knowledge is rapidly changing. The U.S Dept. of Education is demanding ways to measure higher order thinking that utilize next-generation digital assessments - specifically Common Core State Standards. A new book - "Technology-Based Assessments for 21st Century Skills: Theoretical and Practical Implications from Modern Research" - features top scholars in education discussing their research on how...

2012-02-02 08:51:00

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the increasing debate about how student and teacher performance should be measured and what the outcomes of those measurements should mean--for individual students, teachers, and schools, as well as the future of education in this country--Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, LLC, made the following statement: "There is a lot of debate about how to measure student, teacher, and school progress. What...

2012-02-01 14:43:00

MONTEREY, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CTB/McGraw-Hill, one of the country's leading educational assessment partners, today announced the launch of TerraNova(TM) Common Core, a newly developed national achievement test that represents the only field-tested, valid, and authentic measure of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It is available in the subjects of reading, English language arts, and mathematics for Grades 3-8. The CCSS, which were developed under the...