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December 20, 2017

How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education)

According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institution...

March 08, 2017

Rob Mancabelli on Using Data to Make Better Decisions

Rob Mancabelli, Co-founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Strategy Officer at BrightBytes, discusses the importance of providing educators with the right data for better decision making.

April 11, 2016

Reflecting on Performance

Performance monitoring can inspire or embarrass students. Since the intent is performance reflection and engagement in growth, EdLeaders should be thoughtful about how data is used and presented.

April 04, 2016

Grants for New Assessment Systems Signal the End of the Big Test

The Assessment for Learning Project, a partnership between Center for Innovation in Education and Next Generation Learning Challenges, granted twelve grants totaling $2 million for rethinking assessment.

October 23, 2015

Assessment for Learning Project

The National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with NGLC, announced a new program of work called the Assessment for Learning Project. The project addresses three limitations of our current system: we don't measure enough of the right things, we don't measure in ways that enhance teaching and learning, and we don't engage educators.

July 27, 2015

Implementation Challenges on the Path to Personalization

There are several technical challenges to delivering on the promise of personalized learning including defining a standard student record, boosting interoperability, and combining multiple formative sources. However, there are additionally daunting implementation barriers related to school models, leadership and parents. Despite these challenges, personalization offers tremendous opportunities to boost achievement for both accelerated and struggling learners.

July 08, 2015

Technical Challenges on the Path to Personalization

A combination of best practices and new tools makes us optimistic that personalized learning will be adopted at scale and will lead to the anticipated gains. We believe a comprehensive learner profile, data backpack, and student portfolio are key to personalization. However, there are five challenges to overcome to unlock the power of personalized learning that includes student records, interoperability, and developing growth rates.

May 04, 2015

A Year for Digital Learning Improvements

Digital Learning Now's annual report evaluates state progress in advancing digital learning and high quality learning opportunities for all students. The report card evaluates state legislative and policy efforts regarding learning systems, quality online instruction, course access, school models, data privacy and more.

April 15, 2015

Path to Personalization: Better Models and Better Tests

Gene Wilhoit, Linda Pittenger and Carmen Coleman, recently led a discussion about the ways that technology is improving formative assessment and the opportunity that it creates to rethink big year-end tests. The group identified five of next steps on the path forward that includes learner profiles, new solutions, and linking formative data to standards. Overall, new developments will mean a gradual reduction in the size of and reliance in heavyweight summative assessment to smaller, less frequent tests that check the validity of local assessments.

April 06, 2015

Ed Reform and Innovation: The End of the Big Test Is in Sight

What does innovative learning and EdReform have in common? Equity. We explore the recent history of assessment (the intended and unintended consequences), the role that equity plays, the need to synthesize EdReform aims, and the opportunity of innovation.

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