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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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 & UDL sittin’ in a tree

For the first time, federal education law addresses Universal Design for Learning

In passing ESSA, UDL (Universal Design for Learning) was addressed in federal law for the first time in our country’s history.

(Spoiler: UDL essentially means providing content that is accessible and conducive to multiple learning styles and that reduces barriers for all students, including students with disabilities.)

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Opportunities and the (one big) risk of ESSA

The new law presents a lot of good opportunities and poses a risk for education. ESSA explained.

We’ve now well established a few things about the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. States and local districts now have more control over things like standards, school ratings and testing time. (Good). The law still has holes in it that low-income and special education students could fall through, just like No Child Left Behind. (Bad).

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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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The 5 ways ESSA changes standardized testing

ESSA changes many things in education. Standardized testing is one of them.

ESSA changes

One of the major tentpoles of the new education legislation, ESSA, is the reduced significance of standardized testing.This has many teachers, administrators and maybe even some students, singing the new law’s praises and dancing in the streets.

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How ESSA fails our students

While the new law is a step in the right direction, according to some ESSA leaves much to be desired

ESSA fails students

We’ve gone on record saying that we, at Thrivist, are fans of the new education law, ESSA. That doesn’t mean that we don’t welcome opposing viewpoints and opinions and we came across just that a few days ago and thought it would be worth pressing into.

We found this article on US News & World Report printed from The Conversation.

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The new ESSA law: Explained

The new ESSA law explained in under 5 minutes

We’ve been exploring the new ESSA law for the past few days and have given some fairly broad, and brief overviews of the major takeaways from this landmark piece of legislation.

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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.

What teachers think about ESSA

Our teachers will be most heavily impacted by the new education law so, what do teachers think about ESSA?

With the passing of ESSA, all of us in education expect changes big and small when the new law goes into effect for the 2017-18 school year.

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