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September 05, 2014

Student Letters Spotlight Books' Impacts on Their Lives

BookMarks attends the Letters About Literature awards at the National Book Festival.

September 04, 2014

For the Common Core, A Different Sort of Benchmark

The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.

August 25, 2014

Tennessee to Add Cursive Writing to State Standards

Tennessee students in grades 2-4 will be expected to learn cursive writing starting next year.

August 21, 2014

Computerized Essay-Scoring Helpful for Student Feedback?

Computerized essay-scoring may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 19, 2014

Can Computerized Essay-Scoring Make Students Better Writers?

Despite the many negative associations with automated essay-scoring, there's some evidence it may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 04, 2014

4th Graders Struggle With Icons, Directions on Computer-Based Tests

Fourth graders struggled with some of the most basic functions on a computer-based writing assessment, according to a recent federal study.

July 30, 2014

Federal Study Examines Computer-Based Writing for 4th Graders

A federal pilot study found that fourth graders are capable of using a computer to write well enough to be assessed, but did not determine if computer-based tests can effectively measure their abilities.

July 25, 2014

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests

Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, a federal pilot study finds. But whether a computer-based test can effectively measure their abilities remains to be determined.

July 17, 2014

Cursive Is Ready for a Comeback

When students never learn to read cursive, they lose access to any historical documents that haven't been typed up, experts say.

April 04, 2014

The Case for Drawing and Doodling in Class

Misty Adoniou, a senior lecturer in literacy and teaching English as a second language at the University of Canberra, makes a case for allowing, and encouraging, students to draw in classrooms.

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