Many school districts are starting to choose common assessments from third party vendors. Some of this is due to new federal or state regulations, and some of this is due to allowing for an assessment that might be more reliable than one created internally. The purpose of this article is to provide practical advice on how to choose an assessment
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August 01, 2011
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June 29, 2011
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February 28, 2011
SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework) has been around for over a decade now. It is a technical specification that allows for data and information to be passed from one software system to another even if each database labels fields differently. A perfect storm situation is brewing where SIF is really taking a step forward and could lead the way for years to come.
January 28, 2011
Recently I heard Susan Patrick from INACOL talk about online learning. This is something that New York has really lagged behind in compared to the rest of the states. However, I do believe that New York will finally start to support online learning as well as blended learning (meaning in person as well as online) in multiple ways. There are many events that are coming together that allow for online learning to be more successful for everyone in the upcoming years. Here are just a few.