Ongoing hearings, part of the “negotiated rulemaking” process for the federal Every Student Succeeds Acts, are touching on computer-adaptive and English-language testing. Stay tuned for more updates on this process in the months ahead.
The 26-year-old Education Industry Association has stopped operations, and its 80 members are absorbed into the Software & Information Industry Association’s ed-tech network.
The Assessment for Learning Project has issued $2 million in grants meant to promote new models in formative assessment, competency and performance-based testing, and other areas.
A growing number of commercial and nonprofit efforts are slowly emerging to create a shared set of expectations for vendors and school officials for judging the quality of products.
States and districts are under mounting pressure from parents and policymakers to cut the number of tests students take, but also to make assessments more meaningful.
The Facebook CEO’s $45 billion philanthropic and investment effort has already included significant backing of for-profit companies such as AltSchool, Ellevation, MasteryConnect, and Newsela.
Ed-tech companies conducting research often miss critical steps in gathering information about their products’ effectiveness, and the experiences of teachers and students using them.
For companies submitting products for reviews, the gold standard is to get two rankings of five stars—one from Graphite’s staff of internal educator/reviewers, and the other from teachers who are using the tools in their classrooms and evaluating them.
District leaders are adding accountability provisions in their contracts with vendors around student data privacy, interoperability, standards alignment, and “up time.”
The sweeping new federal education law could have big implications for state and local spending on school interventions, tutoring, classroom technology, academic content, and other priorities.