The demand for big, high-stakes summative tests isn’t likely to go away soon, even as classroom assessments become more useful and precise, a panel at SXSWedu suggested.
A Colorado district seeks a comprehensive assessment system, and an Arizona contract for an student information system goes to Edupoint.
California officials are looking to buy a new assessment system for teacher credentialing, initially budgeted for at least $3 million.
Many states have made their tests more challenging, a toughening of expectations that coincides with the passage of the common-core standards, and tests aligned to them.
Pearson said its performance has taken hits recently because of shifts in the international market, and it will increase its focus on adaptive products and online and blended learning.
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.
The new law allows states or districts to use the SAT or ACT for high school accountability, a move that signals a shift in how achievement is measured and what in what schools value.
Changes in federal policy, and shifting K-12 demands for engaging, easy-to-use ed-tech products are likely to shape the K-12 marketplace in 2016.
A court decision that allowed a huge common-core testing contract to go forward was one of the biggest stories that shaped the state and local K-12 market in 2015.
Districts are putting big chunks of money into creating centralized electronic management systems for “exceptional students,” including special-needs populations.