Assessment

Don’t Forget the Students

Teachers and readers of this blog are well aware of the power of formative assessment. As Black and Wiliam have summarized, formative assessment is one of the most effective instructional strategies ever. Popham (2009) provides this clear and concise definition of formative assessment: “Formative assessment is not a test. Rather, it is an ongoing process in which teachers use test-elicited evidence to adjust their instruction or students use it to adjust their learning tactics.” I like this definition of formative assessment because it reminds us that for formative assessment to … Read More


Next Generation Classroom Assessment with the SAMR Model

The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) Model has rightfully been receiving a lot of attention from school districts as they implement tablets and other edtech devices in the classroom.  The model suggests a progression for adoption of technology, and we’ve received requests from educators for recommendations on how they could apply the SAMR model as they introduce next generation assessment.  The following represents some basic steps for consideration; educators interested in trying these suggested examples in the classroom can use Naiku via a free trial by signing up here.   … Read More


Naiku releases Reading Comprehension assessments with BenchmarkNow!

Naiku announced today the release of Reading Comprehension assessments for BenchmarkNow!, a web based application for teachers to quickly measure student proficiency in Common Core States Standards. Naiku is providing BenchmarkNow! as a free resource for teachers, and now includes ready-to-use assessments to measure student math and reading comprehension knowledge in grades 3-12. Download the full press release here: Naiku Benchmark Now w-Reading PR


Reading Tests: Passages and Questions

It’s now easier than ever to create and deliver reading tests in Naiku to your students. Now, you can create reading passages and items and have them display side-by-side.   Follow these easy steps to create your next reading test.   1. Create Assessment Click on the Assessments tab at the top. Then under Create, select New Assessment. 2. Create Passage  Under New Item, select Passage and subitems. This will bring up the page to create your passage. Simply copy the text from you source file and paste it into … Read More


Purpose and Uses of Benchmark Now!

As you are aware, we released a series of interim or benchmark assessments called  Benchmark Now!™ These assessments are designed to help teachers identify students’ math knowledge and skills as measured by the Common Core State Standards. The purpose of benchmark assessments is to provide information on group of students and identify where students are with respect to achievement of the Common Core State Standards to date.   Benchmark Now! assessments are well suited to be given at the beginning of the school year. It is important to take this … Read More


Naiku Releases Benchmark Now!

Naiku announced today the release of BenchmarkNow!, a web based resource for teachers to quickly measure student proficiency in Common Core States Standards. Naiku is providing BenchmarkNow! as a free resource for teachers, and includes ready-to-use assessments to measure student math knowledge in grades 3-12. Download the full press release here: Naiku Releases Benchmark Now PR  


Naiku and Pearson Announce ISV Partnership

Naiku announced today a partnership with Pearson, whereby Pearson will include Naiku in their Independent Software Vendor (ISV) program for PowerSchool users. Oliver Wreford, Director of Business Development for Pearson, stated that “Naiku’s collaboration and interactive teacher-student feedback tools in their classroom assessment software are truly innovative. We are excited to have Naiku as part of our ISV program for PowerSchool users.” Download the full press release here: Naiku Pearson ISV PR final


Benchmark Now! Press Release

Naiku is pleased to announce Benchmark Now!, a free tool for math teachers to quickly measure their students’ knowledge of Common Core standards.  Benchmark Now! provides teachers a set of professionally developed, standards aligned assessments in grades 3-12, coupled with the Naiku assessment engine so teachers benefit from automatic scoring and reporting.  Download the full press release here: Naiku Benchmark Now PR


New Quick Question Features

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Naiku releases two new features to their popular web-based student response system Quick Question. This free on-line formative assessment tool now allows teachers to 1) create questions on the fly in Quick Question and 2) save the data from the session for later viewing.   When you launch Quick Question and start a question, you’ll notice that if you move your mouse over the question number, you can edit that field. This is where you type in (create) your question. In the figure below, you … Read More


Quick Key Press Release

Naiku is pleased to announce the availability of Quick Key, a new feature within the Naiku assessment platform.  Quick Key allows for use of existing paper based tests in PDF, DOC, or similar formats within Naiku, thereby providing the benefits of immediate automated scoring, standards aligned reporting, teacher-student feedback, and more.  Download the full press release here:    


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