Education

Pressure Increasing on Accreditors to Prove Learning Outcomes

Measuring student learning outcomes is now more important than ever.

Given the increasing tuition costs students are now faced with, there has been an increase in pressure on higher education institutions by the Department of Education (“ED”) to prove that they are providing a valuable education to their students. The ED wants to better ensure students are receiving the caliber of education that will prepare them to be successfully employed in a competitive workforce.

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Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

Student learning gains, as measured by scores on pretests and post tests, are increasingly being used to evaluate educator performance. Known as “value-added” measuring, student gains are often the primary factor used to select educational staff for rewards or sanctions.

So… is that the best way to evaluate them? And what’s the best way to improve upon their effectiveness? Read more about Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Testing Incoming Students for Admissions and Placement

Prior to admitting a student into your educational program, there are many questions that can only be answered by assessments. John Picone shares four reason why testing should be a key part of your admissions and placement process.

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The Cost of Student Disengagement

It is alarming that disengaged students represent approximately 18% of postsecondary students. Simply put, disengaged students are less motivated to improve their educational outcomes, and they place less emphasis on their education. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that disengaged students have the poorest educational outcomes, which are costly to the student, the institution, and society. Read more about The Cost of Student Disengagement

GAIN and the 2014 GED Test

As we continue to get closer to the implementation of the new 2014 GED assessment, I have gotten a lot of questions surrounding how this will affect use of the Wonderlic General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)® basic skills test. 

My answer: it doesn’t!

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Filling Your Teaching Positions: Choosing the Best Candidate for an Interview

As the teacher recruitment season begins, school districts begin looking to fill vacancies created by retirements and resignations. This process is one that takes up much of the spring and continues into the summer months. Finding the right candidate is particularly important because teachers work with children and shape their lives. Read more about Filling Your Teaching Positions: Choosing the Best Candidate for an Interview

How to Identify and Prevent Dropout

Early identification of risk factors that could cause a student to drop out can make a major difference in that student’s educational outcomes. Learn how to identify the potential risks and what you can do to prevent dropout.

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Why Cognitive Ability Makes a Difference

Cognitive ability assessments measure a person’s ability to understand instructions, learn, adapt, solve problems and handle the mental demands of a specific job. Read more about Why Cognitive Ability Makes a Difference

How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Producing students who are properly prepped for the workforce is not only beneficial to the student, it is also representative of the quality of your program. When your graduates consistently have the necessary skills to be successful, the reputation of your school is strengthened and employers are likely to recognize your students as being top candidates. But how do you know if your graduates are really ready to meet employer needs? Read more about How Can You Tell if Your Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

In order to begin measuring learning outcomes, we need to start with an understanding of why we should be measuring them in the first place.

Let’s consider this from the perspective of all players involved. Read more about Why You Should Measure Learning Outcomes

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