The use of assessment pilots and innovations zones where groups of schools apply and become authorized to operate alternative assessment systems will soon replace the frustration surrounding NCLB and end of year tests. Much has changed since NCLB was enacted, especially when it comes to assessment.
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June 16, 2014
After a year of research and outreach, today the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and Internet released a new report that describes a vision for an approach to teaching and learning that places the student at the center.
January 08, 2014
These may be short of axioms, but if you're building (or buying) a learning platform, these are 10 pretty good planning assumptions.
November 04, 2013
iNACOL wrapped their tenth annual conference this week in Orlando. What used to be the Virtual School Symposium is now the Blended and Online Learning Symposium this week in Orlando. And blended it was, as we outlined in our summary, the majority of the 275 breakout sessions dealt with technology enhanced learning at school.
August 14, 2013
Underlying the shift to blended and student-centered environments is the transition from marking seat time to tracking learning. In competency-based environments, students show what they know and they progress when they've demonstrated mastery.
August 02, 2013
As noted Wednesday on EdWeek, I recently visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program serving students in Southern Wisconsin. We invited the folks from Edvisions Schools and Jobs for the Future to join a conversation about alternative and competency-based learning. The experts listed eight key strategies
July 01, 2013
The shift from time to learning, from cohorts to competency, will be tough. It's not easy or superficial--it's a new and different way of organizing schools. It will probably take us a generation to fully embrace high common expectation, blended formats, and show what you know policies and practices.
June 28, 2013
Elementary schools have the opportunity to look vastly different in the future by including adaptive assessment and blended curriculum, along with many other key elements.
January 30, 2013
The shift from print to digital is a big deal, but in many ways the shift from cohorts to competency is the more profound transformation underway in education.
December 20, 2012
A reporter asked me what to expect on the education front in 2013. To some extent you'll see an extension of the blog "5 Megatrends That Shaped 2012 Education." But like MOOCs in 2012, there are likely to be a few breakout trends that few predicted.