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Bland, Lynne M.; Gareis, Christopher R. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
After nearly two decades of federal and state accountability requirements relying on conventional standardized assessments, Virginia and several other states are moving to create more balanced approaches to statewide assessment systems that include the use of performance assessments. But Palm (2008) states, "Performance assessment can mean…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Innovation
Heflebower, Tammy; Hoegh, Jan K.; Warrick, Philip; Flygare, Jeff – Marzano Research, 2018
When teachers adopt standards-based learning, students take ownership of their education and achievement soars. Written specifically for K-12 teachers, this resource details a sequential approach for connecting curriculum, instruction, assessment methods, and feedback through standards-based education. The authors provide practical advice,…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Student Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Methods
Wormeli, Rick – Stenhouse Publishers, 2018
Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What's both fair and leads to real student learning? An internationally recognized expert on grading practices, Rick Wormeli first examined these questions 10 years ago in the first edition of "Fair Isn't Always Equal." In this…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Student Evaluation, Grading, High Stakes Tests
Boyles, Nancy – ASCD, 2018
What does "rigor," a word that frequently pops up in conversations about education, really mean? More specifically, what does it mean for "literacy" instruction, and how does it relate to challenging standards-based assessments? In this informative and practical guide, literacy expert Nancy Boyles uses the framework from Webb's…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1
Council of Chief State School Officers, 2018
The purpose of this primer is to encourage K-12 educators to use consistent and clear prompts structured around the crosscutting concepts to provide a common scientific language that students and teachers use as they engage in the formative assessment process. "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" ("Framework"), (NRC, 2012)…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Branoff, Theodore; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Clark, Aaron C.; Deluca, V. William; Kelly, Daniel P. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Being able to accurately evaluate students' cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development at the beginning of a course is critical for teachers to create meaningful learning experiences for them. Initial student evaluation provides teachers with quick perceptive and practical knowledge of student characteristics as well as a diagnosis of what…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Student Characteristics, Evaluation Methods, Academic Ability
Young, Nicholas D.; Michael, Christine N.; Smolinski, Jennifer A. – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018
Captivating Classrooms explores the specific role that student engagement plays in education, it argues that there are myriad factors that undergird meaningful student learning and participation--such as motivation, exciting teaching strategies, reinventing literacy instruction, and authentic assessment. This book is an extremely valuable handbook…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Learning Motivation
Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, 2018
The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), examines through four lines of study to determine how college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. This brief presents findings from C-SAIL's…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, School Districts
Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, 2018
The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), examines through four lines of study to determine how college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. This brief presents findings from C-SAIL's…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, School Districts
Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, 2018
The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), examines how college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. This brief presents findings from C-SAIL's Implementation Study, which uses interview and survey…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, School Districts
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Thompson, Taylor – Gifted Child Today, 2017
The experience that students gain through creative thinking contributes to their readiness for the 21st century. For this and other reasons, educators have always considered creative thinking as a desirable part of any curriculum. The focus of this article is on teaching creative thinking in K-12 science as a way to serve all students and,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Loveless, Douglas, Ed.; Sullivan, Pamela, Ed.; Dredger, Katie, Ed.; Burns, Jim, Ed. – IGI Global, 2017
Developments in the education field are affected by numerous, and often conflicting, social, cultural, and economic factors. With the increasing corporatization of education, teaching and learning paradigms are continuously altered. "Deconstructing the Education-Industrial Complex in the Digital Age" is an authoritative reference source…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Education, Technological Literacy, Neoliberalism
Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, 2016
Research demonstrates that human development and student learning are highly dependent on interpersonal relationships and positive learning environments (Eccles et al., 1993). However, school improvement efforts often focus on students' mastery of academic skills with much less emphasis on students' social and emotional skills, which are integral…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Martin, Caryl; Horton, Mel L.; Tarr, Susan J. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2015
This article focuses on the development of assessment tools to enhance the acquisition of the grade-level outcomes developed in the K-12 curriculum. Physical education is one of the few educational programs that does not have a multitude of available state and national tests to measure student progress. This distinction has been both a strength…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Test Construction, Student Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Duncan, Ravit Golan; Cavera, Veronica L. – Science and Children, 2015
The "Next Generation Science Standards'" three dimensions--disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), science and engineering practices (SEPs), and crosscutting concepts (CCs)--were headliners at NSTA's national conference in Chicago and featured in many of the organization's other professional-development efforts this year (NGSS Lead States 2013).…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines
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