The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners

edCount president Dr. Ellen Forte and a team of edCount associates co-authored this comprehensive manual about serving English learners, released…

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edCount Joins Alpine Testing Solutions in Independent Verification of the Psychometric Validity of Florida's Assessment

On June 23, 2015, Alpine Testing Solutions announced their partnership with edCount to conduct an independent verification of the validity of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) in mathematics and English language arts for grades 3 through high school. The project will include a series of evaluation studies required for scores to be used to evaluate student and teacher performance. Alpine Testing Solutions will focus their review on the testing administrative processes and overall effects of the test administration on student motivation and score confidence. edCount will conduct studies to confirm the psychometric validity of the assessment system which will result in a summary report of commendations and recommendations to ensure that assessment content aligns to Florida’s academic standards. Another focus will be determining whether the test items have been field-tested enough to accurately represent a sample of Florida students since FSA items were previously field-tested in Utah.

edCount looks forward to working on such an important project and providing objective, constructive feedback on Florida's assessment programs. A committee in Florida selected the two companies in May 2015 with a project end date of September 1, 2015.

Clicke here to learn more about the partnership with Alpine Testing Solutions.


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edCount Selected to Write K-2 ELA Curriculum for the Rapid Prototype Phase of the K-12 OER Collaborative

In a press release dated April 16, 2015, The Learning Accelerator, an education non-profit focusing on implementing blended learning, announced edCount as one of ten curriculum developers selected to create rapid prototype units for the K-12 OER Collaborative. The K-12 OER Collaborative is an initiative led by 12 states and numerous nonprofit organizations aimed at creating free, high-quality open educational resources for K-12 English language arts and mathematics. The Collaborative selected edCount to develop a prototype unit for the ELA K-2 curriculum.

To complete this work, edCount has partnered with educational technology firms Educational Systemics and Clarity Innovations. This team will work closely to develop a rigorous, Common Core State Standards-aligned, blended learning curriculum, which will include a bank of differentiated and interactive activities aimed at meeting the diverse needs of all learners. The resources created under the K-12 OER Collaborative will be available for anyone to freely and legally use, adapt, and redistribute.

edCount is thrilled to take part in this important work, which will provide teachers with dynamic and easily-modifiable resources to help customize instruction to meet the needs of all students. edCount brings expertise in curriculum development, standards implementation, assessment alignment, and differentiated instruction to this project.

To read The Learning Accelerator press release click here. For more information about the K-12 OER Collaborative, click here.

K-12 OER Collaborative

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edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic Present the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Series

On May 7, 2015, edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic will collaborate with Jonathan Cohen, President of the National School Climate Center, to present Assessing School Climate. This webinar will be the first of eight webinars in the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series, which was designed to give participants the opportunity to acquire knowledge about different aspects of educator effectiveness in a way that will allow them to apply this knowledge to support instruction, leadership, and improved student outcomes.

In Assessing School Climate, Jonathan Cohen will discuss the different elements of a positive school climate, share methods for assessing school climate, and give examples of how to respond to school climate data. Dr. Cohen will also provide recommendations for education leaders and policy makers seeking to support school improvement efforts.

For more information about the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series, click here. To register for the May 7 webinar presented by Jonathan Cohen, click here.

Assessing School Climate