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2013-12-18 13:21:08

New types of assessments will be needed to measure student learning once the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented, says a new report from the National Research Council.  The tests that states currently use emphasize factual knowledge and were not designed to assess the type of understanding envisioned by the standards, which emphasize depth of knowledge based on the ability to integrate core content with science and engineering practices. The report describes a new...

2013-09-12 23:04:04

State Approval Allows Schools to Use Online Student Assessment to Evaluate Performance Lakewood, NJ (PRWEB) September 12, 2013 The LevelSet® assessment from Achieve3000 is now listed by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as an approved measure of student growth, clearing the way for New York City (NYC) schools to use the assessment as part of its teacher and principal evaluation process. Achieve3000's literacy solutions are already in use in one out of five NYC...

2011-05-17 00:00:27

Funding Aims to Improve Teaching and Raise Achievement Roanoke, Va. (PRWEB) May 16, 2011 Eleven school divisions in Virginia have received a total of nearly $450,000 in grants from the Virginia Department of Education to subscribe to software created by Interactive Achievement. The company's Longitudinal Data System helps educators use data for planning instruction, for measuring and improving student performance, and for assessing teacher effectiveness. The $448,554 grant was awarded to 11...

2009-02-11 09:00:00

Grant Will Train Teachers on Use Of Verizon's Thinkfinity.org Educational Resources RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verizon Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Virginia Department of Education to continue to raise teachers' awareness of the free, state-of-the-art educational resources available on Thinkfinity.org and to train teachers to use those resources. With the grant, the Verizon Foundation has now invested nearly $104,000 with the Department of Education to...

2008-09-27 03:00:29

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 All but 10 schools in the Roanoke region earned state accreditation this year, based on Standards of Learning tests administered in the 2007-08 school year. Seven of those that missed accreditation were in Roanoke. The latest round of accreditation results, released Thursday by state education officials, shows that more schools regionally and statewide have met the standards. Every school in the New River Valley earned state...

2008-08-21 03:00:41

By Anna L. Mallory anna.mallory@roanoke.com 381-8627 Each of Montgomery County's schools will be accredited, according to preliminary Standards of Learning test results handed to school board members Tuesday, although whether each school will make the federal government's benchmarks for "adequate yearly progress" is still in the air. This is the first time all the county's schools have been accredited. The state hands out five different accreditation ratings based on how well...

2008-08-07 12:01:16

VIRGINIA BEACH'S school leaders have embraced a refreshing idea: They want students to be able to think for themselves and solve problems. Over the weekend, the School Board endorsed a plan to shift teaching priorities from testing to critical thinking. The plan still needs refining and a formal vote in the fall, but it's the next logical step for a division whose schools have consistently exceeded minimum federal and state education standards. A decade ago, as complaints mounted that tax...

2008-07-28 09:01:26

By LAUREN ROTH By Lauren Roth The Virginian-Pilot Virginia Beach After two years of quiet planning, the superintendent of schools has unveiled his vision. Jim Merrill wants to overhaul teaching and focus on critical thinking instead of test preparation. For the past decade, the state's public schools have adjusted teaching to fit Standards of Learning tests, the yardstick used to measure school performance. "You could pass SOLs and still fail a kid," Merrill said. His new...

2008-07-03 06:00:50

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 Two new reports offer a surprising counterpoint to the gloomy stories on the deficiencies in American education that come out with almost numbing frequency. The studies, released over the past two weeks, have both adopted a glass-half-full outlook without glossing over the progress that still needs to be made. The first, a study of trends on state and national tests from the Center on Education Policy, finds that pass rates in math...

2007-08-31 09:09:33

By Kiran Krishnamurthy, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Aug. 31--A Virginia Department of Education investigation found that 56 students at a Stafford County high school were "not accurately accounted for" during May's round of state-mandated standardized tests. In addition to finding that some students were not tested when they should have been, the review determined that several administrators at Stafford High School, including the principal, did not report testing irregularities to their...


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