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Getting back to B.A.S.I.C.S. in teaching

L. Rob Furman
December, 2015
L. Rob Furman is principal at South Park Elementary Center in Pennsylvania.

With a windstorm of constant changes in education, are we forgetting some of the basics? I’m not talking about readin’, writin’ and ’rithmetic.

Have we, through the fog of technology and the pressures of highstakes testing, simply forgotten some of the basic concepts that veteran educators once took for granted?

Districts ditch finals to cut testing time

Alison DeNisco
November, 2015
Some parents argue high school final exams prepare students for college, but several universities including Harvard are phasing out such tests.

Maryland’s largest district dropped final exams for many high school students this fall, with more of the state’s schools following suit to cut back on time students spend preparing for and taking tests.

School gardens become teaching tools

Alison DeNisco
October, 2015
Students from Burton Hill Elementary School, part of Forth Worth ISD in Texas, get hands-on learning opportunities for all academic subjects using an outdoor garden and classroom.

School gardens used for instruction are on the rise nationwide, and with them, student engagement and test scores, according to a recent study.

Competition among assessment companies tests education industry

Alison DeNisco
October, 2015

Testing companies find themselves competing on a tougher playing field for state assessment contracts after a rocky first round of Common Core exams spurred new expectations from state and district education leaders.

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Conducting Secure Online Exams Using iPads


The need for a secure and protected digital learning environment in districts is paramount, particularly when it comes to online testing. While conducting large-scale online testing requires advanced coordination that is both time-consuming and complex, using iPads can save time and simplify the process, so teachers, students and administrators can focus on teaching and learning, and on being better prepared for online exams.

Alabama implements statewide assessment solution


The state of Alabama has made a bold move toward ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready by the time they graduate high school.

Prepare Students for Success with 21st-Century Skills


To meet the Common Core State Standards, students must develop the 21st-century skills needed for college and career success. Districts must adapt their curriculum to ensure students are being taught these digital skills.

Preparing Your District Technology for Common Core Assessments


The Common Core State Standards assessments will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. To prepare, district technology leaders need to look at their networks and systems. Changes may need to be made to handle the challenges of online assessments.