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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 Pennsylvania's PSSA State Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 20, 2015 2:48:00 PM

 

Educational standards matter to students, parents, educators, and the nation as a whole. They also matters to the individual states, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education has shown a long-standing commitment to high standards for all of its K-12 public school students. 

Joining the group of states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010 was thus a natural move for Pennsylvania, but doing this created a need for testing that would align to these challenging new academic expectations.

Rather than start from scratch, the state adapted a series of exams that were already in place: the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), which dates back to the earliest years of the millennium as a response to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). 

Over the years, the PSSA has developed into a progressively tougher criterion-referenced battery of assessments aimed at measuring student academic proficiency. With a longer history than many statewide standardized tests, the PSSA serves as a fascinating subject of study as we explore five things you might not know about these assessments.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 20, 2015 6:54:00 AM

 

As teachers and policymakers know, educational standards and statewide assessments go hand in hand. In Georgia, you certainly won't find statewide public K-12 school assessments that aren't based on specific, rigorous standards, and a prime case in point is the Milestones Assessments. 

These assessments were adopted by the Georgia Department of Education as a replacement for the previously used Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) for elementary and middle school students, and End of Course Tests (EOCTs) for high school students. 

The new assessments, which are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that Georgia adopted in 2010, were rolled out during the 2014-2015 school year for grades 3 through high school.

Since that school year has now come and gone, we can look back and reflect on what we know about the exams. As we'll see in the following five facts, this is unlike any other group of assessments we've ever seen in the state of Georgia.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Louisiana's PARCC Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 19, 2015 2:16:00 PM

 

"What gets measured gets mastered"—this is the Louisiana Department of Education's credo regarding statewide assessment. The Department also has an equally catchy tagline for the educational system it governs: "Louisiana Believes."  

To gain some insight into what they believe, we can take a look at how the state measures the academic progress of its K-12 public school students. Like numerous other states, Louisiana has opted to utilize a suite of tests developed in partnership with PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.   

Here are five things you may not already know about what makes Louisiana's PARCC assessments unique. Enjoy!

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Ohio's PARCC Assessments

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 19, 2015 8:32:00 AM

 

Providing a quality education to more than 1.8 million K-12 public school students in Ohio is the responsibility of the state's educators as well as the Ohio Department of Education. Increased learning expectations among students nationwide has not made this task any simpler, but Ohio has made it clear that the state is up to the challenge. 

In compliance with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which Ohio adopted in 2010, and aligned with the benchmarks contained in the Ohio Academic Content Standards, the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) were developed to measure student learning gains in math, reading, and science. 

Although the Ohio Department of Education's website still lists the OAA tests as current, changes are afoot in Ohio as OAA tests have recently been supplanted by assessments developed by a consortium known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. 

Without further ado, here are five things you may not know about Ohio's statewide achievement tests:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know about Alabama's ACT Aspire Exams

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 18, 2015 12:51:00 PM

 

"Every child a graduate. Every graduate prepared." This is is the credo emblazoned atop the official website of the Alabama State Department of Education. It is emblematic of the spirit of the great state of Alabama and its system of public K-12 education, and you can tell that AL stakeholders take it seriously.  

Technology implementation, community outreach, and data-driven instruction are among the pillars of this system, which comprises 733,089 K-12 students and 11,149 pre-K students, according to the most recent count.  

The following five facts are meant to provide a quick overview of the ACT Aspire, AL’s new state assessment.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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