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As the 9th largest school district in the state of Ohio, the Hilliard City School District serves more than 15,500 students in grades K-12, through three high schools, three middle schools, two sixth-grade schools and 14 elementary schools.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 21, 2014

Are Our Kids Ready for Computerized Tests?

With the reality that eventually (whether it’s next year or a few years after that) we will be moving to more and more online testing, this article focuses on skills that even the most tech-savvy students will need to have in order to be successful with online testing and five ways to help students get there. We piloted the PARCC and the new Science and Social Studies tests this spring and found a lot of the same issues come up that are listed in this article. The biggest challenge we have, according to this article is “the new online assessments will challenge educators to ensure that students not only have learned certain things, but also can demonstrate their knowledge using technology and apply their learning to a variety of tasks—all without the direction of the teacher.”

The Power of Positivity

It's the easiest road to go down this time of year, negative thoughts. So much is happening, deadlines are looming, parents are questioning, and pressures continue to mount on the decision makers. My father always told me "Attitude is Everything". We have the ability to control our attitude at all times, which in turns controls a lot our outcomes. The power of positivity is something we can all recharge from. Take a minute to reflect on how much power/influence you can have by simply being positive. Remember the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.