Nutmeg Education is making waves with a totally unique way to use teacher-created resources from across the country for student assessment and intervention. The new platform, created for teachers and students, is designed to help ease the burden of data collection and preparation for standardized tests, all for free.
"Today, students and teachers have no efficient and affordable tool that empowers them to change outcomes on standardized tests, which determine whether a student can graduate, teachers' jobs/salary, and school funding. Nutmeg Education is here to help," founder Jon Modica explains.
Here's how it works: teachers build customizable online assessments from standards-aligned question banks (every time a teacher creates their own question, it is added to the bank for other teachers to use). The assessments identify student weaknesses and point them to online resources made by other teachers (including games and instructional videos like those from the acclaimed Khan Academy) that help students improve their academic and standardized test performance.
"Why should cash-strapped districts pay endless sums of money for assessment and remediation content when teachers are already creating and implementing their own fantastic materials?" explained. "For every topic that Pearson tries to cover, I bet there's at least one master teacher out there who can do it better."
Nutmeg Education's online platform coincides with the rise of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative, a state-led plan to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, and consequently, what they will be tested on by their respective states.
"We want to give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed; no student should fall short of their potential because of where they go to school or a lack of resources," argues Jon Modica.
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