Science Assessments Evolve to Reflect Next Generation Science Standards

States are transitioning to three-dimensional science standards and teachers are immersing students in an inquiry-based environment. As the definition of mastery shifts to reflect the standards, what form should assessments take? It’s clear assessments that measure rote memorization of facts are not going to probe deeply enough to measure how students performing in an inquiry-based environment.

Team Spotlight: Demystifying the Complex World of Taxonomies and Machine Learning

Each month we feature a member of the Certica team and highlight the impact they have on the education sector. This time, we sat down with Marci Ladd, Product and Solutions Manager for Academic Benchmarks, to learn more about Certica’s network of learning standards, taxonomies and the relationships between them, as well as the AB Connect recommendation engine and associated algorithms that power it.

Let’s Face it: Education Standards Are Hard to Use

Rarely do standards creators include tools for implementation. There are few how-to guides for using standards optimally or plugging standards into a district’s operating procedures. Grappling with a way to consume or comply with standards, many district administrators simply hit the “print” button.

4 Ways Next Generation Science Standards Positively Impact Science Education

Next Generation Science Standards shift science education away from traditional classroom activities
heavily focused around fact memorization, lecture, siloed “subjects” and simplified cookie-cutter lab activities that don’t inspire our students or prepare them for a STEM-dominated economy.

Ed-Fi Alliance and Certica Solutions Team Up in Learning Standards Initiative to Provide More Meaningful Information to Educators

Ed-Fi Alliance, LLC, dedicated to boosting student achievement by empowering educators with actionable data, and Certica Solutions, a leading provider of platform-as-a-service for education agencies, today announced that they are partnering to make the Academic Benchmarks system of learning standards mappings available through the Ed-Fi Operational Data Store (Ed-Fi ODS/API).

Certica Solutions Announces AB Connect Professional Edition

Certica Solutions (Certica), provider of the Certica Connect™ edtech platform-as-a-service (PaaS), today announced the general availability of AB Connect™ Professional Edition which bundles capabilities from the Academic Benchmarks™ and Artifact® systems and taxonomies.