Can Edtech Ride the Common Core Waves?

C...C...CHATTER: Common Core discussions seem never-ending these days. This week's panel at Stanford VLAB was no exception, examining whether CC will be the education reform edtech entrepreneurs have been waiting for. Here's what we heard:

Panelist Mick Hewitt (CEO, MasteryConnect) said the "Common Core is not the opportunity...it's a catalyst for change," and the industry should be focusing on assessments that move beyond letter grades to measure what kids are actually learning in real-time. The most well-received panelist of the night (judging by applause) was David Reilly (Assistant Superintendent, Sequoia Unified High School District). Reilly echoed Hewitt's point, calling entrepreneurs to put "more tools into teacher's hands to assess and give feedback in live time."

By the end of the night, it was clear that the winds of education are changing. For these panelists it looks like the greatest opportunities will be in transforming and rethinking assessment tools. Let assessments reign supreme.

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