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2008-11-03 12:10:00

Accurate Learning Systems Corporation today announced MathScore Assess, an online math assessment solution, providing educators with a rapid, precise assessment of student skill sets on the path to Algebra readiness. Now for the first time, dynamic online tools that adjust to student skills help teachers quickly zero-in on exact skills mastered or requiring remediation. Average time required for a complete assessment is 20 mins. MathScore Assess also provides direct integration with the...

2008-10-09 03:00:31

By Methe, Scott A Hintze, John M; Floyd, Randy G Abstract. The purpose of this study was to develop short- duration assessment measures hypothesized to be valid samples of early mathematical behavior. The Early Numeracy Skill Indicators were designed using a curriculum-based assessment approach. Participants included 64 kindergarten children from a school district in the rural Northeast. Design components featured longitudinal correlation analyses conducted over a 26-week period. Decision...

2008-10-02 12:15:00

Washington-area students from poor families show improved reading and math scores under the No Child Left Behind law, a newspaper analysis indicated Thursday. This suggests the controversial standards-based education reform for U.S. primary and secondary schools is closing the gap between poor students and those from middle-class and affluent backgrounds, the Washington Post said. In Washington, D.C., where most public school students come from low-income homes, reading and math scores have...

2008-10-01 03:00:00

By Misco, Thomas Abstract: In this article, the author explores the challenges and promises of value-added assessment. As NCLB approaches the end of statistically possible achievement gains in schools, value-added assessment is being employed to longitudinally measure student learning to determine a school's effect. Yet, value-added assessment is limited in its explanatory powers because it focuses only on certain types of knowledge and needs to be used in conjunction with other estimates....

2008-09-28 13:00:00

By Jay Ambrose Scripps Howard News Service Guess what? Because of the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law, fewer children are being left behind in America's public schools, and you can thank the even more maligned president of the United States for that. George W. Bush, after all, was the prime proponent of this idea of holding schools accountable through testing students, and pursued its implementation in a bipartisan spirit. The Senate's strongest, most persistent liberal voice, none...

2008-09-26 03:00:29

By Neill, Monty With more pressing issues on its agenda and no consensus about how to proceed, Congress probably will delay until after this November's elections the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a framework of standards, tests, and consequences initiated by the 1994 authorization of the Elementary and secondary Education Act (ESEA). The outcome of those elections might create significant political shirts that would affect any new version of the widely criticized federal...

2008-09-18 03:00:20

By Katz, Stanley N GENERALIZATIONS about longitudinal collegiate assessment are difficult to make, and they are often problematic. For one thing, there is an incredible range of institutional types. Even if we were to stipulate a primary interest in fouryear liberal arts institutions, we would find that almost all colleges and universities lay claimhowever plausibly-to this designation. And apart from their differing educational structures and missions, institutions also differ in terms of...

2008-09-11 21:00:21

By Emily Krone ekrone@@dailyherald.com Writing tests don't determine whether schools earn passing or failing marks under high-stakes accountability laws, but local educators continue to fight to keep writing a priority. It's an uphill battle as schools increasingly devote more time and resources to reading and math - and it paid dividends in state scores reported on a key national writing exam that had Illinois eighth-graders outperforming most of their peers around the country. "I...

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2008-09-10 12:45:00

Troubled children hurt their classmates' math and reading scores and worsen their behavior, according to new research by economists at the University of California, Davis, and University of Pittsburgh. The study, "Externalities in the Classroom: How Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Affect Everyone's Kids," was published in August by the National Bureau of Economic Research and is available online at http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14246. Scott Carrell, an assistant professor of economics...

2008-09-03 18:00:32

By Jennifer D Jordan The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to act soon on a proposal giving 11th-grade test results more weight among criteria for graduation. A group of parents worried that proposed changes to high school regulations would prevent their children from graduating have asked state education officials to reconsider the changes, which could be approved as early as next week. The proposal drawing the most criticism would make the state...