Ed Tech News

from Muskegon Catholic Central


This MCC Ed Tech Update is designed to keep you informed and to provide the tools you need to best utilize technology in your classroom.

PowerSchool Acquires Interactive Achievement, Provider of Assessment Solutions

We've just received notice from the MAISD that PowerSchool has acquired Interactive Achievement, a provider of student assessment solutions. Integration of their assessments within PowerSchool should provide a real benefit to teachers.

Here's an excerpt from PowerSchool's press release...

"PowerSchool Group LLC has announced the acquisition of Interactive Achievement (IA), a leading provider of award-winning standards based instructional assessment and analytical solutions for school districts that allow administrators and teachers to deliver measurable improvements in student performance.

Interactive Achievement was founded by educators in 2006 for the purpose of delivering improved assessment and reporting tools that help enable students and teachers achieve success in the classroom. As a result, IA’s team of educators created the Assessment Management Solution (AMS) and Longitudinal Data Solution (LDS), allowing educators to deliver personalized curriculum and assessments in order to make data-driven decisions to raise student achievement. Interactive Achievement has the most technologically advanced assessment creation and delivery capabilities, offering proven internal and third-party content, allowing educators to deliver assessments that can be personalized or aligned with state longitudinal test standards. IA’s Assessment and Analytics solutions are used in classrooms across 13 U.S. states, including nearly all Virginia public schools.

Interactive Achievement's goals are to:

  • Help students celebrate their accomplishments and identify areas where they need more instruction
  • Empower teachers to set achievement goals for themselves, their students, and their classes, and monitor progress
  • Visualize data for school leaders to see how schools are progressing comprehensively and at a granular level"

Free Online Financial Literacy Materials

If you'd like to integrate a financial literacy component into your lesson plan, check out Banzai. This free online curriculum walks students through real-world budgeting and spending scenarios using a virtual envelope system. The 30 lessons only take 3-5 hours of total class time. And Banzai even grades the lessons for you. If you sign up, be sure to order enough copies of the free student guide for your class as they'll need to refer to it to complete the online lessons. The cost for this program is underwritten by a local credit union, First General.


MACUL Follow-Up

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