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  • We have a winner: MAP Reading Fluency!

    We have a winner: MAP Reading Fluency!

    We are thrilled to announce that MAP Reading Fluency, our new oral reading fluency assessment for K-3 readers, won the 2018 SIIA CODiE award for Best Student... Continue Reading The post We have a...

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  • Personalized Learning is Student-Directed Learning

    Personalized Learning is Student-Directed Learning

    This article in EdWeek highlights an idea I love – WIN sessions in Henry County, Georgia. WIN, or What I Need, periods provide students choice about, flexibility... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 6 Steps for Creating a Data-Informed Culture

    6 Steps for Creating a Data-Informed Culture

    Just two years ago, Cisco Independent School District in Texas was “starting at ground zero with data, blended learning, and personalized learning,” according to Amy Dodson, the... Continue...

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  • How MAP Growth K-2 Meets the Needs of Early Learners

    How MAP Growth K-2 Meets the Needs of Early Learners

    Most educators agree that assessments can be powerful tools for students and teachers when they’re purposeful, instructionally aligned, and tied to student outcomes—but there’s still quite a......

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  • Achievement Down Under: How an Australian School is Changing the Conversation with MAP Growth

    Achievement Down Under: How an Australian School is Changing the Conversation with MAP Growth

    When the staff at MLC Junior School in New South Wales, Australia set out to use MAP Growth to better understand the learning needs of their student... Continue Reading The post Achievement Down...

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  • Formative Instructional Practice – Using the Results and Data are What Matters

    Formative Instructional Practice – Using the Results and Data are What Matters

    In a post about teaching techniques, Maryellen Weimer cautioned readers about loving techniques for the wrong reasons. When I talk about formative assessment or formative instructional...

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  • Why to Test Kids in Science – and How

    Why to Test Kids in Science – and How

    What do chefs, politicians, mechanics, educators, and doctors all have in common? The answer is science and engineering. Most of us probably didn’t realize when we started... Continue Reading The...

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  • How One School is Making the Grade Using Interim Assessment Data

    How One School is Making the Grade Using Interim Assessment Data

    Puesta del Sol Elementary in New Mexico’s Rio Rancho school district was graded a D- by the state in 2012. Three years later they received a grade... Continue Reading The post How One School is...

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  • What’s the State of Your Professional Learning?

    What’s the State of Your Professional Learning?

    It’s nearing the end of the school year, which always makes me reflective. It’s also a time when those of us in education start thinking about next... Continue Reading The post What’s the State of...

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  • Answering the Call to Lead

    Answering the Call to Lead

    I came into education through a temp job. True story. After college, my parents naturally wanted me to get busy with some work. So, I took a... Continue Reading The post Answering the Call to Lead...

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  • MAP Reading Fluency named a CODiE Award finalist

    MAP Reading Fluency named a CODiE Award finalist

    We are excited to share that our new oral reading fluency assessment, MAP Reading Fluency, has been named a 2018 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best... Continue Reading The post MAP Reading...

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  • One principal shares 3 ways to #ThankATeacher

    One principal shares 3 ways to #ThankATeacher

    National Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, and wait, what?? It is when?? While it is true that no student goes to school to fail, it also... Continue Reading The post One principal shares 3...

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  • The Power of a Teacher’s Reach

    The Power of a Teacher’s Reach

    On the last day of a conference I attended in November, I was standing in the back of the auditorium listening to George Couros convince us that... Continue Reading The post The Power of a...

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  • Fusion Portland 2018 – Don’t Miss this Great Conference!

    Fusion Portland 2018 – Don’t Miss this Great Conference!

    Fusion Portland 2018 will be here before you know it! It’s happening June 27–29 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Check out our great conference lineup—full of... Continue Reading The...

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  • 3 Keys to Assessment Implementation Success

    3 Keys to Assessment Implementation Success

    Initiative fatigue. Is that something happening in your school or district? The last ten years of legislation and technology – and changes to both – have driven... Continue Reading The post 3 Keys...

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  • How the MAP Growth Insights Report Takes the Headaches Out of Annual Reporting

    How the MAP Growth Insights Report Takes the Headaches Out of Annual Reporting

    Each spring, many district administrators and leaders are tasked with reporting metrics to others in their communities – from parents to school boards – that answer the... Continue Reading The...

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  • 3 Things You Might Not Know About the MAP Growth Interim Assessment

    3 Things You Might Not Know About the MAP Growth Interim Assessment

    MAP Growth is a K-12 interim assessment that measures growth – and the data it provides can help educators project proficiency on state accountability tests, support differentiated... Continue...

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  • Making Assessment More Meaningful with Norms

    Making Assessment More Meaningful with Norms

    If you’ve finished spring testing and are diving into reporting data, you might be looking for a refresher on what norms are and why they are important.... Continue Reading The post Making...

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  • 5 More Testing Season Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    5 More Testing Season Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    You loved the six test prep tips from teachers on Instagram we shared last month, so we’re back with more Insta-spiration. But before we get to it,... Continue Reading The post 5 More Testing...

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  • 48 School Days Left – Making the Most of Them

    48 School Days Left – Making the Most of Them

    I just returned from Spring Break. Not “SPRING BREAK” like the college kids sometimes partake in, but nonetheless, a break from work, during the season of spring.... Continue Reading The post 48...

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