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The Spring 2014 release consisted of Performance-Based Assessment tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and End-of-Year tests in mathematics. What's available: Grades 3–11 Performance-Based Assessment tests for ELA Grades 3–8 End-of-Year tests for mathematics Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II End-of-Year tests for mathematics Notes about scoring: The Spring 2014 release has scoring capability built into the tool. Related:  jaybilly

Twitter Tip: Start Your Tweet with a Period Saturday morning someone asked me why some of my tweets start with a period. I was participating in the New Teacher to Twitter (#nt2t) chat. A twitter chat is an hour long conversation on a particular topic. This means that I am replying quite a bit. When you reply to a tweet it starts the tweet with the @symbol. Twitter assumes that when you are replying that you are talking to that person and not all of your followers. i am tots a hippy I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You? | Donalyn Miller In 1847, Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis made a remarkable discovery. When doctors washed their hands in a solution of chlorine and water, childbirth fever rates at Vienna General Hospital dropped from 18% to near zero. Offended that Semmelweis implied doctors were killing their own patients, the medical community rejected hand washing as an infection prevention measure, and drove Semmelweis out of medicine and into an insane asylum. A few years later, Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister made scientific advances that reinforced Semmelwies’s claims about germ theory and infection. Hand washing between patient examinations is considered best practice today. In spite of all scientific evidence, we still live in a world where hand washing isn’t universal practice. In 1977, the Journal of Reading (now The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy) published Richard Allington’s landmark paper, “If They Don’t Read Much, How They Ever Gonna Get Good?” The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen

Documents and Forms Skip navigation Skip to main content SAFE | State Agencies | Online Services Follow Home > Testing > Testing Forms and Rules > Documents and Forms Documents and Forms Following are documents and forms related to testing and assessment in Ohio. Ohio Statewide Assessment Program Rules Book - The Rules Book provides a reference for school officials responsible for statewide testing in a district or building and a general overview of Ohio’s statewide testing program with specific information pertaining to the testing at each grade level. Testing Your Technology (Are you Ready?) Professional Development Additional Documents Forms Get Involved in Developing Statewide Tests

neon springs Curing the Reading GERM by Jim Bailey Four years ago I was ready to leave education. I loved my school, I loved my principal, I loved my colleagues, and most of all I loved my students. Unfortunately, I was infected with a GERM, as Pasi Sahlberg calls it, the Global Education Reform Movement. The obsession with high stakes testing, lack of autonomy in the classroom, and general standardization of education was forcing me to reevaluate my career path. I was most affected by this GERM in the area of teaching reading, if you could even call what I was doing teaching reading. Four Years Ago: Full Infection Five years ago my school was completely infected with the GERM. Whole group and guided reading time wasn’t any better. Three Years Ago: Starting Treatment Recovery started with two books, The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell. Two Years Ago: The Road to Recovery Before I learned about the Nerdy Book Club, I had a group of like-minded colleagues that I called my reading peeps. Like this:

Next Gen Assessments IMG 4809 6 ways Google Hangouts can make any teacher’s life better As the calendar year changes over, I’ve thought about my most game-changing technology over the last 365 days. I’m thinking about the one I’ve picked up that’s made the most difference. It has to be Google Hangouts, Google’s “video chat but so much more” tool. Google Hangouts often makes me think of the movie “Back to the Future 2″, where protagonist Marty McFly travels — coincidentally — to the far-off year 2015. One of the greatest innovations in the movie’s vision of the future, to a 9-year-old version of me, was the video phone. Now, the video phone is here — and it has more functions than the movie imagined! (By the way, if you’re as big a “Back to the Future” trilogy fan as I am, you might like to see this list of what the movie got right and got wrong about 2015.) Here are some of the top ways that I’ve really used this tool (in my personal and professional life) over the past year: 1. 2. 3. (Check out Google’s “learn more” page about Hangouts on Air here.) 4. 5. 6. Related

two pretty cute butterflies tn Ana Azhir | LifeChanger of the Year Position: Secretary to the PrincipalSchool: Slackwood Elementary SchoolSchool District: Lawrence Township Public SchoolsCity, State: Lawrenceville, New JerseyAbout the Nominee: Ana Azhir worked in the Student Services Department of Lawrence Township Public Schools for several years and recently became a school secretary. Ms. Azhir is fluent in both Spanish and English, making her a valuable staff member. Spanish speaking families from throughout the district come to Ms. Azhir for help with many things, and are even sent to her by other schools. Families know that Ms. On student birthdays, their name gets announced on the loudspeaker, they get a birthday pencil, and they get to come to the office and Ms. Ms. Like this: Like Loading...

4112 ohio state buckeyes helmet 1968 10 ways YouTube can engage your classes now YouTube can help teachers and students create powerful, engaging, creative videos. These options can help take your videos to the next level. (Flickr / Esther Vargas) YouTube is a behemoth. It’s not out there just for watching practical jokes, how-to’s on renovating your house or ridiculous sports feats. Here are some ways to leverage the YouTube beast to improve engagement and creativity your class: 1. Classroom application: Teach students a skill or concept by recording yourself (maybe in front of a white board). 2. Classroom application: Students can make these videos as class projects (assuming they have access to YouTube). 3. Classroom application: Make an overview video with snippets of all YouTube videos from your class, then link to the full-length video with an annotation (see No. 5 below). 4. Classroom application: Search for Creative Commons videos in the Video Editor. 5. Classroom application: Students (and adults!) 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related September 14, 2015 In "Ed Tech"