Assessment

Rethinking Assessment for English Learners in Florida
Rethinking EL Assessment in Florida

In Florida, a group of high-school students recently staged a protest to oppose a state law dictating that all students must pass a 10th-grade English language exam to graduate from high school. Students from Armwood High School in Hillsborough County were spurred into action after participating in a hands-on civics...

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Playful Assessments: Injecting Fun into Measuring Outcomes
Playful Assessments: Injecting Fun into Measuring Outcomes

Assessing students with standardized testing is a given in public schools throughout the United States—especially in the wake of 2001’s federal No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that all students in grades three through eight be tested annually in reading and math, while older students should be periodically...

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Playful Assessments: 3 Ways to Inject Fun into Measuring Outcomes
Playful Assessments: 3 Ways to Inject Fun into Measuring Outcomes

Assessing students with standardized testing is a given in public schools throughout the United States—especially in the wake of 2001’s federal No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that all students in grades three through eight be tested annually in reading and math, while older students should be periodically tested...

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Tips for Establishing Collaborative Conversations on Assessment Data
Collaborative Conversations on Assessment Data

Assessments give educators valuable tools for understanding each student’s learning process. However, educators also know that this data has usefulness beyond what they can deduce on their own. In order to truly support a student’s learning, it’s critical for educators to share their findings with everyone who impacts the student’s...

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Partnering with Students to Reduce Assessment Stress
Partnering with Students To Reduce Assessment Stress

Assessments are a hot topic in today’s data-driven education culture. Even veteran educators are learning new and different ways to assess their students, compile data, and use that information to guide their teaching. However, as educators, administrators, and policymakers put their heads together to create more efficient and effective testing...

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4 Ways Administrators Can Support Teachers During Testing Season
4 Ways Administrators Can Support Teachers During Testing Season

When the calendar turns to springtime, people everywhere start thinking about warm weather, new beginnings, and enjoying the outdoors. For teachers, however, spring signals the start of what can be a hectic, exhausting, and at times frustrating time of the school year—test season. 

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Using Assessment Results to Guide Instruction: Some Dos and Don'ts
Using Assessment Results to Guide Instruction: Some Dos and Don'ts

Using assessment results to guide teaching is a hallmark of effective reading instruction. Indeed, today’s schools and classrooms are replete with data reflecting students’ reading strengths and struggles. But data can be both an opportunity and a challenge. The big question often is: How do I link what I know...

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RTI and MTSS: Do You Know the Difference Between These Support Systems?
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
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

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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