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  • 10 Must-Ask Questions When Evaluating Student Growth Assessments

    10 Must-Ask Questions When Evaluating Student Growth Assessments

    The summer is a great time for educators and school administrators to catch up on things that might have otherwise taken a backseat during the school year.... Continue Reading The post 10 Must-Ask...

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  • Summer Learning Loss: What We Know and What We’re Learning

    Summer Learning Loss: What We Know and What We’re Learning

    It is widely understood that on average students lose academic ground during the summer, a phenomenon frequently referred to as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” But... Continue...

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  • 8 Resources for Parents to Promote Summer Learning

    8 Resources for Parents to Promote Summer Learning

    As summer sets in, and all of the family routines change, parents might be thinking about having fun and relaxing with their kids – but they might... Continue Reading The post 8 Resources for...

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  • Four More Tips to Promote Endless Summer Reading

    Four More Tips to Promote Endless Summer Reading

    We recently brought you Five Ways to Promote Endless Summer Reading, an action/adventure guide to getting your children to read this summer. Today, we’re pleased to present... Continue Reading The...

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  • Five Ways to Promote Endless Summer Reading

    Five Ways to Promote Endless Summer Reading

    The idea that reading is important isn’t just an intuition. It’s supported by research, like this and this and this. To avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in... Continue Reading The post Five Ways...

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  • Developing Your Formative Assessment Muscles

    Developing Your Formative Assessment Muscles

    As we ease into summer, I like to think teachers and educators have a little more time and space to think about their professional learning and some... Continue Reading The post Developing Your...

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  • Seven Crucial Criteria for a Great Growth Assessment – Post Two

    Seven Crucial Criteria for a Great Growth Assessment – Post Two

    As we’ve written about many times, measuring growth is only useful if it’s done well. It’s not about just comparing one proficiency score to the next one.... Continue Reading The post Seven...

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  • Seven Crucial Criteria for a Great Growth Assessment – Post One

    Seven Crucial Criteria for a Great Growth Assessment – Post One

    “I need to know if my students are learning.” Sound familiar? We hear it a lot, and if you’re an educator, you’ve likely not only heard it,... Continue Reading The post Seven Crucial Criteria for...

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  • The 10 R’s of Summer? You Bet!

    The 10 R’s of Summer? You Bet!

    As we drift into summer, we often hear about the three Rs – reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic. But as Dale Basye reflects over on our online community,... Continue Reading The post The 10 R’s...

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  • The Battle for Time: Choosing Quality over Quantity

    The Battle for Time: Choosing Quality over Quantity

    During the last week of school, my colleagues and I were chatting in the sweltering heat while monitoring our students on the playground at recess. We were... Continue Reading The post The Battle...

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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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