State testing season causes many emotions for teachers and students alike. For teachers—it can feel like the measure of one’s success comes down to the state assessment. For students—it can feel like the decision regarding promotion or retention hinges on the results of the state assessment.
With over 135 million Office 365 users, a huge number of businesses, nonprofits and other organizations are using Microsoft tools. Schools and districts want to prepare their students for the tools they will use in the workforce, so more and more schools are adopting Office 365 and Teams. In September 2017, it was reported that 125,000 organizations were using Microsoft Teams. By March 2018, that grew to 200,000, and in September 2018, there were close to 330,000 organizations using Teams.
Much like Edcite, Google Classroom is a powerful, free tool for teachers. Teachers nationwide use Google Classroom’s suite of tools to send assignments to students and manage their class stream. We are really excited to be integrating with Google Classroom Gradebook as an additional step in this journey.
In October of 2018, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced that they were, as many states have also chosen to do, opting out of the PARCC assessment in lieu of administering their own New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) this spring.
Edcite has over 35,000 assignments in the public assignment library covering grade levels, subjects, and standards! Every day teachers in the Edcite community share new assignments into the library. You can also find state released practice tests digitized by the Edcite Team and other high-quality assessments from organizations such as Eureka Math and Achieve the Core.
In my recent post about the current status of the academic gap, I stated that many agree that the academic gap is a literacy gap. As a result, many states and agencies have placed significant emphasis on literacy, focusing particularly on reading proficiency by 3rd grade. Why literacy and why this age? Well, the Anne E. Casey Foundation says 3rd grade reading has big implications, so let’s unpack that.