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Making Indiana eLearning Days Work for You

As more and more schools up their student-device ratio to 1:1, the possibilities for eLearning opportunities have expanded. In Indiana, this idea of virtual options for learning first manifested itself in the form of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Flex Program, launched in 2011, followed by the Virtual Option for Inclement Weather, which kicked off in 2014. Then, beginning in the 2017–18 school year, the IDOE combined these efforts into what is known today as the IDOE eLearning Day Program.

North Carolina Read to Achieve: Exact Path Approved as Alternative Assessment

Edmentum is proud to partner with educators across the state of North Carolina in support of a unified goal to ensure that all students are reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Under this approval, students may take the Exact Path adaptive diagnostic assessment in place of the mCLASS®:Reading 3D™ assessment. Accountability recommendations outline that a student must earn a Lexile® level of 725 or higher to demonstrate proficiency within End-of-Grade 3 achievement expectations.

5 Best Practices for Your Intervention Program as Learned by Tennessee’s RTI2 Initiative

Many U.S. states subscribe to an early-warning intervention model of some kind to help support the unique needs of students. Whether it’s called RTI, RTI2, MTSS, or something else altogether, there are core elements and best practices that run throughout each approach to intervention. Today, we’ll unpack five best practices for your intervention program (no matter which model you subscribe to), using Tennessee’s state-mandated RTI2 as our guide.

[NWEA in Michigan] What to Do Next with Your MAP Growth Assessment Data

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is placing more emphasis on benchmark assessments than ever before. For the 2018–19 school year, the MDE is instituting a statewide program that offers schools and districts reimbursement for the administration of high-quality benchmark assessments intended to supplement M-STEP summative exams.

RTI2 in Tennessee: Supporting Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III Students with Proven Programs

Across the country, states are focused on providing early intervention to address deficits in student learning. In Tennessee, that implementation takes a unique form called RTI2: Response to Instruction and Intervention. First implemented in the 2014–15 school year, RTI2 became mandatory for all K–12 schools beginning in the 2016–17 school year.

10 Back-to-School Read-Alouds to Teach Classroom Rules and Expectations

As a former 3rd grade and kindergarten teacher myself, I quickly saw the error of my ways whenever I didn’t effectively teach and uphold my expectations for classroom management. And, at the end of some particularly exhausting days, I carefully strategized and calculated my next moves to elicit real change. It’s in that reflection that I quickly discovered even my fiercest rulebreakers would sit still and listen carefully to a good read-aloud. So, read aloud we did! I’ve since searched far and wide for my favorite books to teach rules, expectations, and build a strong classroom community, and here is a list of my top 10 picks!

[NWEA MAP Growth Assessments] Answering “What’s Next with Your Data?”

Edmentum can help provide assessment integrations with two of our powerful online programs, Exact Path and Study Island. Here, we’ll take a look at these two options, and help provide guidance so you can make the decision regarding what will best serve your students’ unique set of needs.

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