Eastview High School utilizes Naiku for ACT practice test

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Approximately 500 Eastview High School students recently took a practice ACT Exam using Naiku, in order to prepare for the April 28th statewide testing date in Minnesota.  The use of Naiku provided teachers quick and detailed information about student performance, prompting Randy Peterson, EVHS Principal, to state “what an amazing formative opportunity for us to grow and develop our assessment future.” Students also received detailed information about their own performance directly within their own accounts.  Commenting on the benefits of the learner-centric assessment capabilities offered in Naiku, Dr. Todd Beach from … Read More

BenchmarkNow! is 2015 Finalist for edtech digest Cool Tool Award

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edtech digest recently announced their 2015 Cool Tool Awards.  BenchmarkNow!, a free common core based assessment solution for educators from Naiku, was designated a Cool Tool Award finalist in the Assessment category.  BenchmarkNow! is cloud based assessment software that includes math and reading assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Tweet

Naiku Quick Tip: Importing .txt Files

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Did you know that you can import your assessments as a .txt file? A quick and easy way to create a test in Naiku is to import it from a .txt file. If you use Quia, you can export those tests out as text files. Then you can import those into Naiku. Alternatively, you can simply create a new test in this text format and import it into Naiku. Each item type has a unique two letter code that is used to create a .txt file. These codes are as follows: … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Sharing Assessments

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Did you know that you can share assessments with educators in your school, district, or even throughout the world? Naiku makes it easy to work in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and create, share, and discuss assessments and outcomes in a secure, professional environment. Teachers can easily share individual items and assessments with other teachers from their school, district, or Naiku world if they wish. This is a great way to easily create school- or district-wide item and assessment banks aligned to your curriculum and standards. To set your sharing level … Read More

Importance of Formative Assessment

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Welcome back to this week’s edition of Naiku’s Coach’s Corner. This week, I want to discuss the importance of incorporating formative assessments into your classroom assessment practice. Formative assessment is a great way to measure a student’s performance during instruction, and usually occurs regularly throughout the instruction process. When we assess student learning for formative purposes, there may be no final mark on a student’s paper or summative grade in our grade book. Rather, formative assessment can serve as practice for our students, much like a meaningful homework assignment does. And the … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Adding Curriculum Maps

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Did you know that Naiku has a Curriculum Map feature that helps teachers organize their yearlong standards and learning targets? Curriculum maps are useful tools that allow teachers to see the “big picture” of their curriculum, instruction, and assessment process. In Naiku, your state standards or learning targets serve as the foundation of the curriculum map. For each standard or learning target, you can attach assessments and learning resources. This allows you to see the big picture of the skills that will be taught, how they will be assessed, and … Read More

Accelerate Student Achievement through Student Expectations

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Gain Visibility into Student Expectations to Accelerate Student Achievement The number one influencer of student achievement is student expectations (or self-reported grades) as found by Hattie (2012) in Visible Learning. To gain visibility into student expectations, Dr. Nhouyvanisvong proposes a 4-step process for teachers to develop their students metacognitive skills through goal setting, test prediction, confidence ratings, and reflection  Download this white paper by Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong to learn more about how you can gain visibility into your students’ expectations and to guide them reaching those targets: Accelerate Student Achievement Through Student Expectations … Read More

Quick Tip: Adding Answer Rationale

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Did you know you can add rationale for the correct and incorrect answer choices for each question? Quick Tip: Providing students with answer rationale can be a great learning tool. It’s a great way to provide quick, automatic, and individualized feedback to students. Within an assessment, rationale can be added to each individual answer choice. Let’s take a look at how we can add answer rationale to your answer choices. To add rationale to your answer choices, on the question creation page, select the “Rationale” button.  Rationale can be added … Read More

Importance of Pre-Assessment

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Welcome to my inaugural post of Naiku’s Coach’s Corner. In this bi-weekly blog, I’ll share my thoughts on educational assessment practices and stories from my work helping teachers across the country improve student achievement through learner-centric assessment practices. This week, I want to discuss the importance of incorporating pre-assessment into your classroom assessment practice. Pre-assessment, sometimes referred to as diagnostic assessments, assesses a student’s strengths, weakness, knowledge, and skills prior to instruction. If used correctly, pre-assessments can be a great tool to help us identify the needs of our students. Below, I share four ways … Read More

Ordered Item Columns

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Today, we’re also pleased to announce that we have extended the functionality to the Ordered Item type in Naiku. See our previous announcement on Ordered items. Now, you can add multiple columns to this item type. This allows you to ask students to drag and drop options into multiple columns. For example, you can now ask students to group animals and plants or to sort numbers by multiple of 5 and 7. Here’s a screenshot of how to create an ordered item with two columns. Note that for each column, you have … Read More

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