Differences between an LMS and LRS

What are the differences between an LMS and LRS? Do you need both? What can and can’t each piece do?

We’ve compiled below a list of capabilities of an LMS. This is to illustrate the point that the LRS will not, and is not intended to, replace the LMS. The LRS simply stores all of the learning data as a component of an LMS.

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3 reasons education needs an LRS

Education needs an LRS. Here are three reasons why

We have a very rudimentary understanding of how our students and teachers actually learn.

We can’t tell how and when they are learning or what their preferred learning style is. We can barely even see our learners data without (practically) begging for it.

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Why have a Learning Record Store?

You know what a Learning Record Store is but why do you need one?

learning record store

That’s a quote from an outstanding blog post by the good people over at Learning Locker where they explain why a company or organization would need a Learning Record Store (LRS).

It’s a broad and basic quote for sure but, in our minds, is extremely applicable within the context of education.

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Thrivist and the Learning Record Store

Why Thrivist exists and how the Learning Record Store supports our mission

Today’s education market demands technology that is easy-to-use, intuitive, adapts to an individual’s learning style and creates actionable insights from the data collected.

Adaptive learning and actionable insights from data, we feel, are what is currently missing in education solutions today. There isn’t anyone in K-12 education working to solve those two problems.

Thrivist exists to solve those two problems.

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How will ESSA impact schools in your state?

We know that with the new education law in place states will now have increased control on how their education systems are constructed. But how will that part of ESSA impact schools?

Perhaps there will not be a more obvious outcome of ESSA than how states deal with their classroom teachers.

In the past the federal government was able to dictate the terms of teacher evaluations on a national scale. Many teachers feel that his is a good thing (we agree, by the way) because states will obviously be more in tune with what is happening in local districts and communities and will take those into account when evaluating their teachers.

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ESSA and edtech

What the new education law means for the future of educational technology

As an edtech company and given that we’ve been exploring ESSA over the past few weeks, it was inevitable that we would arrive at the issue of ESSA and edtech.

What does the new law mean for edtech vendors?

Does ESSA allocate more funding for state districts and schools to spend on edtech?

Where will the funding come from?

So many questions. We’ve got answers.

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ESSA Summary: 3 Things To Know


If you’re curious about the new education act, allow us to present our brief ESSA summary.

You can also watch this great video by The 74 Million too.

Here are 3 things you need to know:

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    1. Control: It shifts power and responsibility for school quality away from Washington and gives it back to the states.
    2. Testing: While standardized testing is still required the states will now decide what is required of their schools for the ratings.
    3. Curriculum: ESSA prohibits the federal government from implementing mandated curriculum (i.e. Common Core)

The main theme here is we’ve taken power away from Washington and given it back to the individual states.

What seems to have some educators very happy is takeaway #2 – the reduced emphasis on standardized testing.

Under No Child Left Behind educators felt the need to teach their students to the test and in the same vein, their students were “tested to death”.

Now, even though schools are required to test up to 95% of their eligible students the states decide how much testing is required. There is the possibility that a state could use a test like the SAT or ACT to replace other state tests.

ESSA also establishes a pilot program for seven states (to be determined) to rethink and reinvent their assessment system. Should this go well then we could see the way we go about assessing our students completely reimagined.

If you want more info about ESSA download our infographic that goes a bit deeper.

Are you an educator? Read these education blogs now.

Blogs. Education Blogs. Because, now, you’ve got (some) free time.

Earlier this week we gave you a short list of our favorite education focused podcasts.

We’ll assume you’ve devoured those already and are looking for something else to satiate your desire for more information.

Fear not! We’ve got our favorite education blogs that you should start reading now.

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What You Need to Know About ESSA (Infographic)

Recently, we were able to speak with Dr. Paula Love, the RFP Matchmaker, and discuss the implications of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for school systems as well as industries serving them.  Dr. Love shared valuable information to assist us in serving students.  Here are some highlights to assist you as well and if you are interested in learning more, please download our Infographic ESSA Policy & Funding Update.

New Funding Landscape

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December of 2015 ending the reign of NCLB and ushering in a new era in American education. It is important to understand these changes in policy and funding in order to serve students to their full potential.

  • Highlights of ESSA Goals
    • Ensure high standards
    • Preserve annual assessments while reducing unnecessary testing
    • Maintain integrity
    • Equity
    • Empower state and local leaders to develop strong systems
    • Establish  new resources

Interested in learning more? Download the infographic.