Valid student assessment data is a key component of teacher data-driven instruction, teacher collaboration in successful PLC teams, and school/district educational decision making. Student cheating can adversely affect the quality of assessment data and can be a concern anytime, and particularly in remote learning environments. This white paper offers tips and strategies to minimize student cheating and increase the integrity of assessment data.
Benchmark assessments occupy an important space between frequent formative assessment and end-of-year summative assessment in a balanced assessment process. In Maximizing Benchmark Assessments: Increasing Student Achievement and Success, Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong outlines the benefits of and keys to successful interim benchmark assessments and provides guidance on how to optimize student learning from benchmark assessments within a balanced assessment process.
Desmos calculators are now integrated with Naiku digital assessment software for schools to use with their students. Available options include a four function calculator, scientific calculator, and a graphing calculator. These calculators, like other student tools available in Naiku, can be optionally provided to students on a per question basis as a student aid in test-taking. Desmos calculators are also used in many state assessments, so students can use the same tool on tests in Naiku as they do on their state test.
A suite of released ACT tests are now available for educators to use in Naiku. All complete tests are segmented into individual timed section tests (Reading, Math, etc) for easy test administration. All question items are coded to ACT section and subsection; in combination with the automatic scoring and standards-aligned reporting in Naiku, teachers and administrators can easily measure and track proficiency for students, classes, schools, and the district.
Naiku announced today the release of BenchmarkNow!. BenchmarkNow! contains professionally developed and ready-to-use benchmark assessments in ELA and Math covering grades 3 – high school. Test questions include a variety of item types, including technology-enhanced, and are aligned to Common Core State Standards. With autoscoring and immediate, standards aligned reporting, teachers and administrative staff can quickly view student readiness for state tests. BenchmarkNow! is designed to be very easy to adopt and use. No training or account setup is required, and schools purchase on a per student/test basis, paying for … Read More
Naiku announced today the opening of the Spring 2016 Teacher Team School Grant program. The program is designed to support PLCs / Teacher Data Teams in the use of next generation assessment tools and instructional strategies. Schools interested in the use of common formative assessment, interim benchmark assessment, and learner-centric assessment to help inform and differentiate instruction and engage students for personalized learning are encouraged to apply at www.naiku.net/grants. The complete press release can be viewed here: Naiku Teacher Team School Grants – Spring 2016 PR
We recently rolled out a new user-interface (UI) for assigning assessments to classes. The changes were prompted by teachers and administrators looking for a more intuitive way to assign an assessment to multiple classes. Read More
Naiku was featured this week in an EdTech Review of 7 Great Easy to Use Tools for Student Assessment and Grading.
The September issue of Language Magazine features a cover story article by Naiku’s own Dr. Adisack Nhouyvasnivong. Entitled “Focus on the Student”, the article explains how improved assessment can increase personalized learning for all students. The article can be found on page 28 of the latest issue here.
Naiku announced today the integration of the Project 2061 science bank. The bank, comprised of over 600 items developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), covers middle and early high school science subjects and is freely available to science educators using Naiku in partnership with the AAAS. In addition, Naiku has curated 36 summative and formative assessments from these items that are also freely available within Naiku. The complete press release can be read here: Naiku Project 2061 PR.