We are well into our second school year of remote learning. Many instructional trends that were already underway have been accelerated by the pandemic, and though a COVID-19 vaccine could have students fully back to school by next year, it seems unlikely that the desire for a streamlined teacher and learning experience will wane.
While K-12 educators have known for years the instructional benefits and efficiencies of delivering assignments, resources and assessments through a single, online learning management system (LMS), educators are pushing edtech to go further.
Now that they’re mastering online instruction, educators want their tech to deliver courseware and assignments, and access to the highest-quality, standards-aligned content, and the ability to measure and analyze student impact.
All-In-One Learning Solution
This week, two leading education companies, Instructure and Certica, have announced that they will join forces to meet the needs of school districts looking for best-in-class, all-in-one learning solutions. Instructure, provider of the market-leading Canvas LMS and MasteryConnect assessment management system (AMS), has announced its plan to acquire longtime partner Certica, provider of the CASE Benchmark Assessments, Navigate Item Bank and Videri dashboard and analytics solution.
The union will allow school districts to use Instructure’s intuitive learning and assessment platforms and leverage the K-12 sector’s most innovative assessment content and analytics.
Certica’s portfolio brings some unique features to the learning experience. The CASE Benchmark Assessments, currently available in nine states with plans for further expansion in 2021-22, mirror each state’s summative blueprint and can be configured to a district’s instructional pacing. Videri dashboards are teacher-ready and fully integrated with the Ed-Fi® technology to provide real-time access to student engagement, assessment and social-emotional data.
Instruction, Assessment & Data in One Place
Tracy Curley, Ed.D., Director of Data, Assessment, Accountability and Research at Fall River Public Schools in Massachusetts speaks for a lot of educators when she says, “changes to the instructional model have highlighted for us our need to have assessments and related data all in one place. Teachers are juggling so much right now, and ease of access to all their instructional tools is more important than ever.”
We hear you Tracy, and we’re ready to respond.