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Reframing the Assessment Problem

A guest post by Trey Duke RTI and Instructional Technology Coordinator for Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee Imagine Learning publishes guest posts to stimulate conversations about K-12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning.   FreeImages.com/David Hartman In the world of education, there are often cries for more—more technology, more resources, more parental involvement. These cries for more are well-intentioned and usually justified. However, one thing you never hear a rallying cry for is more assessments. In fact, one could state that over the past few years, "assessment" has become a bad word among teachers and parents. Various community groups and educational agencies see assessments as a waste of class time, as well as a method of turning our students into lifeless spreadsheets of data. This cry reached a pinnacle last year when President Obama's administration called on Congress to look at over assessment of students while working on the new ESSA law.
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Content Spotlight: Vocab Dash

Students are tested on their knowledge of new vocabulary as they "dash" through the activity With the recent update to v14.4, Imagine Learning released a variety of brand new activities packed full of great content. Today we spotlight one of these new activities to provide a taste of Imagine Learning's expanding curriculum.
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Nutrition and education: A rising population of hungry learners

You may have heard that English learners are the fastest growing student population in America, but new reports from the Department of Agriculture show that there's another group of students that's growing at an impressive rate: kids who qualify for subsidized lunches.
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