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  • The Key to Personalized Learning? Personalized Assessment

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    More and more K-12 educators are personalizing instruction. In fact, 99% of those surveyed in December 2021 said they were shifting more to personalized learning.

    Assessment plays a crucial role in personalized learning. After all, you need to know what a student has learned before you can determine where they need further instruction.

    But many schools haven’t fully leveraged assessments. The most effective assessment tools don’t just measure academic knowledge and progress. They also give educators and caregivers insights into the whole child.

    Just as you can personalize instruction, you can — and should — personalize assessment.

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  • Pearson's Navvy and Spotlight Honored with EdTech Digest Awards for Educational Technology Excellence

    EdTech Digest Awards for Educational Technology Excellence

    Recognized as a "Best Assessment Solution" and "Best Parent & Student Solution"

    School Assessment solutions from Pearson have been recognized in the 2024 EdTech Digest Awards, with Navvy and Spotlight products earning 'Cool Tools' finalist honors for Best Assessment and Best Parent & Student solutions.

    The EdTech Digest Awards celebrate the "best and brightest" in education technology and serve as the world's largest awards program of its kind. Since 2011, the Awards have recognized products, organizations, and individuals for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

    "It's a wonderful honor and a meaningful achievement for our teams to be recognized for innovation, excellence, and above all, student and educator impact. We’re incredibly proud of Navvy and Spotlight and look forward to further building and sharing their capabilities with more schools in the future," said Sharon Hague, managing director for Pearson School Assessments.

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  • ​​​Preparing your students for college and/or a career

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    Success in the workplace begins in elementary and secondary classrooms. However, one study found that 75% of high school graduates don’t feel significantly prepared for college or a career despite graduation rates being at their highest levels since 2010. Another study found more than one-third of young professionals do not feel emotionally or behaviorally ready to enter the workforce. These statistics are underscored by the fact that employers are increasingly reporting difficulty finding enough candidates with the necessary technical and soft skills to fill open positions.

    Schools play a critical role in helping students gain the skills needed to pursue higher education or enter a career. Here’s a look at what it means to be college and/or career ready and some strategies for educators that support student success post-graduation.

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  • 4 tips for keeping students on track with learning through the holidays

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    The weeks leading up to the holiday season can be chaotic for educators. Special events commonly planned for this time of year can disrupt a classroom routine, while the frequent multi-day breaks between November and January can interrupt instruction. These factors, combined with student excitement about the holidays, can make the last two months of the calendar year some of the hardest for educational progress.

    Educators can create a solid foundation for continued learning once the holidays are over with careful strategizing and smart solutions. Here are a few ideas that can help students stay on track in their learning journey while enjoying the events and emotions that accompany this time of year.

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  • Empowering students with dyslexia to succeed with the right tools and strategies

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    Students with dyslexia face unique challenges to learning. For example, they may find it difficult to memorize information or read aloud — both of which are skills that are critical to standard teaching practices. That’s why targeted interventions and accommodations are crucial.

    Up to one in five people in the U.S. has dyslexia, representing 80% to 90% of all individuals with learning disabilities. With early intervention and proper accommodation, students with dyslexia can succeed in P-12 classrooms and graduate from rigorous postsecondary and graduate-level programs.

    Educators can help make a difference by supporting these students and alleviating their challenges.

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