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David Moadel

David Moadel is in his third decade in the education industry. He has taught, mentored, and inspired students from elementary age through adult. David has earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education, and is currently a certified teacher in Florida. David enjoys teaching, writing, and utilizing technology tools to communicate with people with diverse viewpoints across the globe.

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Five Things You Didn't Know About the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM

 

In alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which Missouri adopted in 2010, and the Missouri Show Me Standards, the MAP exams are intended to bring data-driven instruction to classrooms and increased accountability to the state's public education system.  

Given that the MAP tests are an integral part of schooling in Missouri, we wanted to share this list of five things you might not already know about the assessments.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 24, 2015 12:50:00 PM

 

North Carolina's State Board of Education has never backed down from the challenge of measuring student proficiency, and the state willingly raised its academic standards when it adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010 to work in conjunction with its own set of rigorous benchmarks. 

In developing standardized assessments with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, North Carolina became proactive in evaluating the academic progress of its K-12 public school students so that instruction could be adjusted and accountability maintained. The result is a suite of assessments known as the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests, and these tests are like nothing North Carolina has seen before. 

We can examine—or perhaps re-examine—how the state chooses to assess its students with the following five facts pertaining to the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Illinois' PARCC Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 23, 2015 5:47:00 PM

 

Content standards inform what teachers teach by defining what students must learn. With this in mind, the Illinois State Board of Education took a big step in 2010 when it joined more than 40 states in adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), thereby crystallizing the state's proficiency expectations for its public school students2010 was also the year in which Illinois adopted the new Illinois Learning Standards in English/language arts and math. 

Full implementation of the CCSS in Illinois in 2013-2014 meant that new standardized assessments were warranted, and as a result, 2014 saw the transition from the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to the state's new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. 

It's a new generation of assessments for a state and a nation that demands it, but what do we know about Illinois' latest round of tests?  The five facts below are meant to shine some light on what the IL PARCC assessments are all about.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 22, 2015 8:18:00 AM

 

2010 was a banner year for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), since it was the year in which so many states adopted these standards and made them an integral part of public school education.  

CCSS adoption took place in the great state of Michigan in 2010, signaling a commitment to high standards of learning for K-12 students. With the 44-year-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) still in place, however, the state's legislature and the Michigan Department of Education decided it was time to step it up—hence the advent of the M-STEP, or Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.

The decision was made in June 2014 and the new assessments were rolled out in spring of 2015, thus requiring Michigan's public school students, parents, and educators to adapt to these new tests in a relatively short period of time. 

Given the pace and significance of this change, it's worth taking a look at some facts and figures that you might not already know about the M-STEP. 

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 21, 2015 10:18:00 AM

 

Wisconsin public K-12 education has the same issues and challenges that face so many large-scale instructional systems, namely, assessments and accountability. To address these challenges, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has utilized various standardized tests throughout the years, from the Wisconsin Pupil Assessment Program in the 1970s and 1980s, to the Wisconsin Reading Comprehension Test (WRCT) of the 1990s. 

The year 1998 brought a new set of academic content standards to the state of Wisconsin, known as the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS). During this decade we also saw the advent of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCEs), which were then superseded in recent years by assessments developed in partnership with the consortium known as Smarter Balanced (SBAC). 

It can be hard to keep up with all of these changes, which is why we've compiled this list of five interesting facts that you may not know about Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced assessments.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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