Certica announced the availability of the NextGen Science Checks™ designed to assess mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NextGen Science Checks have been developed in accordance with the Achieve guidelines for NGSS assessment, so that teachers can evaluate students who are exposed to new methods of science learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Nancy Bender, Client Success Manager for Academic Benchmarks, to learn how she strives to ensure the success of our AB clients.
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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).
Managing and maintaining alignments of educational content to academic standards can be challenging—especially when there are hundreds of different educational standards that are regularly changing over time.
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.