Salt Lake City (PRWEB) December 12, 2013
School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced the release of a new publication for writing assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards or any standards-based education system on its LumiBook platform. The new resource uses LumiBook’s inherent social media tools and media-rich content paired with Jay McTighe’s education expertise to help educators create and refine assessments to measure student mastery of Common Core or any other standards.
“Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most,” is authored by Jay McTighe, a national expert in learning-focused assessments, and is the latest addition to School Improvement Network’s growing library of resources housed on their LumiBook platform, the first-ever collaborative and interactive e-reader platform for educational resources.
“Part of helping students master the skills they need to be college and career ready in Common Core or any standards-based education model is to accurately assess their progress and identify where they might need additional help,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “By combining Jay McTighe’s expertise with LumiBook’s ability to house videos, documents, and real-time collaboration with the author and other book readers, this LumiBook gives educators the information, tools and support they need to craft rich assessment tasks that will engage students in applying their learning in meaningful ways and provide teachers with feedback to enhance their instruction.”
Embedded in the new LumiBook, readers will find sample performance tasks and rubrics combined with practical and proven methods for designing performance assessments aligned to the Common Core and other standards, and 21st century skills. The LumiBook also includes interviews with teachers planning and using assessments, tools and templates for download, and classroom videos of teachers using various formative assessment strategies to advance student learning.
Jay McTighe served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a collaboration of school districts working to design and share formative performance assessments. He worked at the Maryland State Department of Education helping to develop the state’s performance-based state assessments. He also coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures to improve the quality of student thinking. McTighe worked at the district level in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. Over the course of his career, McTighe has co-authored 12 books and more than 35 articles and book chapters on curriculum, assessment, instruction and educational leadership. He has an extensive experience in professional development and is a regular speaker at state, national and international conferences.
About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices and teaching strategies in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice and teaching strategies, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency scores by an average of 19 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices and teaching strategies in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.
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