Assessment

RTI and MTSS: Do You Know the Difference Between These Support Systems?
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
RTI and MTSS: Do You Know the Difference Between These Support Systems?

In education, there seems to be an acronym for everything. Response to intervention (RTI) and Multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) are two of the most commonly used acronyms, with mentions thrown into practically every department meeting, professional development seminar, and district conference. Though often discussed together, the two are not...

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5 Tips to Help Students Beat Test Anxiety
Friday, January 5, 2018
5 Tips For Helping Students Beating Test Anxiety

Anyone who has been teaching for a while—or has been a student themselves—has probably seen or experienced test anxiety in the classroom. While some level of stress is natural before taking a test, educators want students to feel motivated to succeed rather than anxious or overwhelmed by the thought of...

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Assessment: The Key to Uncovering Opportunities for Student and Teacher Growth
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Education leaders frequently discuss using assessments to guide student learning, but it’s also important to recognize how assessments can guide educator efficacy and career growth. According to a 2010 white paper on teacher assessment and evaluation from the National Education Association (NEA), the purpose of assessment is twofold: to improve...

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Measuring School Success Beyond Test Scores
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Measuring School Success Beyond Test Scores

A decade and a half after the No Child Left Behind Act was passed by the federal government, standardized test scores continue to be the most common measure of success and failure for public schools across the United States. To answer the question “How are our schools doing?” everyone from...

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Small Data and Big Data: Educators Need Both to See the Full Picture
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Small Data and Big Data: Educators Need Both to See the Full Picture

In the spring of 2016, Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg and Boston-based writer Jonathan Hasak wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. Their topic? Identifying the "next big thing" in education. But what Sahlberg and Hasak identified was not so big after all. Before attempting to convince readers that small...

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Bringing the Growth Mindset to Teacher Evaluations
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Bringing the growth mindset to teacher evaluations

Good news for educators: Despite fears of a high teacher turnover rate, reports show that educators are actually staying in the classroom longer than we thought. The National Center for Education and Statistics found that only 17% of educators leave the profession after the first five years, which is a...

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What is Your Assessment Data Telling You?
Friday, November 4, 2016
teachers reviewing assessment data

Teachers' ability to support student needs is greatly impacted by how well they are able to help make connections between the student performance data, appropriate instructional resources, and next steps in the instructional process. Efficient instructional programs make automatic recommendations as to the proper resources based on student data to provide...

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Understanding the Goals and Types of Assessments
Friday, December 9, 2016
Teacher helping child read

Across the country, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding the many labels used for assessments—interim, benchmark, formative, summative, screener, etc. The emphasis should be placed on the goal of the assessment (what questions it can answer) rather than the label. There are many assessment options, but in the...

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How to Structure an Effective Assessment Plan
Monday, October 3, 2016

Before selecting or administering an assessment for a school or district, it is absolutely critical to understand the core objective of the test being administered, as well how reliable and valid the results of the assessment are in terms of decision-making.

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