Common Core

Standards-Based Grading: Beyond the Common Core

For most of the month, we’ve been talking about standards-based grading in terms of the Common Core’s set of standards. But the Common Core State Standards are only one set of standards to be graded to. To illustrate another take on standards-based grading, I talked to our customer success manager Sheri. Sheri taught science at…

Friday Bulletin Board

Obama spotlights needs of young adult learners President Obama is making a point to support adult learners who lack the skills demanded by our workforce today. The president and First Lady are hosting a summit to address the needs of this community that has been overlooked even in today’s whirlwind of educational technology. Among the…

Friday Bulletin Board

#GradeableSocial coming up Mark your calendars, folks. On Wednesday, January 29, we’ll be hosting another #GradeableSocial. This time around, we’re gearing it as a real-life Personal Learning Network with standards-based grading practices as the topic. It’s going to be an opportunity for educators to share their ideas with other educators without having to type #PLN. For…

A Standards-Based Learning Chat with @WHSRowe

At our pizza party last month, we had the pleasure of meeting teacher named Rik Rowe who has taken standards-based grading, teaching, and learning and has run with it. Mr. Rowe teaches high school math here in Massachusetts and was kind enough to share his standards-based practices with us. He co-moderates an #SBLchat (formerly #SBGchat)…

Standards-Based Learning: What It Is and Why We Love It

The education system these days doesn’t look the way it used to. Standards-based grading (SBG) is starting to take the place of the traditional grading. With SBG, grades reflect a student’s mastery of a certain set of skills. Traditionally, grades are weighted average of test scores, homework completion, projects, presentations, and possible extra credit. Students…

Say Goodbye to Excel; Say Hello to Common Core Tagging

Time to part with the spreadsheets because WE’VE GOT COMMON CORE TAGGING! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0245xP_HVk&w=560&h=315] For those of you who feel like you have a part-time job entering data, Common Core tagging with Gradeable is another solution to all the manual labor. We’re taking out the tedious part of quizzing so you can focus on teaching. Our…

New Feature: Common Core Tagging and Analytics

What: Tag Common Core standards on assessments and questions Why: Insight into the CCSS and pinpoint exact student knowledge gaps by standard How: Read on to learn more! You asked—we listened. Introducing: Common Core State Standards tagging with Gradeable assessments. We can’t tell you how excited we are to give teachers the insight into tackling…

The Big Education and Technology Stories of 2013

In the State of the Union earlier this year, President Obama focused on reshaping education in the United States. He made the case for getting today’s students ready for today’s “high-tech” economy. President Obama was talking about the importance of math and the sciences, but he highlighted the role of technology in our everyday lives,…

Friday Bulletin Board: The Post Pizza Party Edition

So last night was our pizza party. It was the first real event that we Gradeable girls put on together and we had an inordinate amount of fun coordinating logistics, reaching out to teachers, moving furniture, and everything in between. In addition, we met some great teachers to remind us why Gradeable exists in the…

Re: The Common Core and Standardized Testing

The Common Core: Let’s start a constructive conversation On November 23, the New York Times published an opinion piece asking if kids were too coddled. Frank Bruni addresses the backlash to the Common Core’s tougher education standards brought on today’s participation-trophy culture. Bruni writes that while the Common Core has its flaws, it “should not…