September 2017

Formative Assessment Tools and the Art of Teaching

By |2018-02-22T00:04:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Formative Assessment Tools and the Science of Teaching There are two critical keys to exceptional teaching. The first, effective transmission of content and skills as measured by formative assessment (short and medium cycle) and summative assessment. This scientific approach to student mastery relies on rigorous measurement. It is the key to identifying what doesn't work and improving on what does. [...]

June 2014

NYT: What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

By |2014-06-04T16:00:00+00:00June 4th, 2014|

Michael Mabry In The Age of Technology, the Human Element is More Important than Ever. According to Maria Konnikova of the New York Times, hand writing is an important part of brain development and literacy. Konnikova states "Cursive or not, the benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast [...]

May 2014

NY Times: For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field

By |2014-05-21T16:27:00+00:00May 21st, 2014|

A classroom schedule in Tempe, Ariz. Many reports have highlighted a persistent gulf in test results between the rich and the poor. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times According to the New York Times, "socioeconomic background explains 15 percent of the variation in the performance of American students, far more than in high-performing countries like Finland, Japan [...]

NY Times: Who Gets to Graduate

By |2014-05-20T18:42:00+00:00May 20th, 2014|

Vanessa Brewer  Credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times According to a recent New York Times article, "More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country [...]

New York Times: Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between

By |2014-05-14T16:02:00+00:00May 14th, 2014|

Both the Middle School for Arts and Philosophy and Kings Collegiate Charter School are housed at PS 588 in Brownsville, N.Y. Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times It is not an understatement to say that there is tension between Charter Schools and Public Schools.  According to the New York Times,  “'It’s like putting a Burger [...]

Michelle Obama: Holding Teachers' Feet to the Fire #edchat

By |2014-05-13T14:20:00+00:00May 13th, 2014|

First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS The First Lady of the United States gave a commencement speech at Dillard University in New Orleans. The speech gave context to the struggle that many Americans had to endure in [...]

ARC Capital Invests in Quick Key Mobile!

By |2014-05-12T19:40:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|

This week Quick Key Mobile closed on a private placement with global education venture fund ARC Capital Development, LLC. And the hits just keep on coming! April was a big month for us here at Quick Key. We crossed over 250,000 total quizzes scanned since our launch in September, and over 5 million student responses recorded [...]

THE NEW YORKER: LOUIS C.K. AGAINST THE COMMON CORE

By |2014-05-09T18:50:00+00:00May 9th, 2014|

Louis C.K. painting by Cara & Louie When a popular comedian takes to social media to talk about the Common Core and testing the world takes notice. Louis C.K. took to Twitter to share his frustrations. According to C.K., “The teachers are great...But it’s changed in recent years. It’s all about these tests. It feels like a dark [...]

NPR: Stagnant Scores for Reading and Math

By |2014-05-08T17:05:00+00:00May 8th, 2014|

According to NPR, "The government released the latest national test scores on Wednesday, and the news isn't good: 12th-graders are headed toward graduation, but many don't have the skills they need to succeed in college or work." What is shocking is how anyone can be surprised. In the last few years the emphasis on high stakes [...]