Assessment

Small Data and Big Data: Educators Need Both to See the Full Picture
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
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?
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
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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

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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