Assessment

[ESSA Update] How States Are Planning to Meet Accountability Requirements

by
Dave Adams

Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December of 2015, states have had the mandate to design new accountability systems. States are now ready to begin submitting their plans to the U.S. Department of Education for review. We're taking a look at what these state plans include.

7 Tips & Tricks to Make the Most of Study Island for Test Preparation

by
Sarah Cornelius

Are you and your students in the thick of preparing for spring testing? Study Island can be a powerful tool to provide meaningful practice for students and save you time.

[Foundational Literacy Skills] Why Reading By the Third Grade Really Matters

by
McKenna Wierman

Reflecting back on our own formative years, we don’t normally think about the third grade as a milestone in life.

7 Tips to Help ELLs Prepare for High-Stakes Testing

by
Sarah Cornelius

State testing season comes with an added level of stress for students classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). How can educators take steps to level the playing field and ensure that standardized testing measures concept knowledge - not language proficiency?

[Test Preparation] 6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress

by
McKenna Wierman

Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. Help students stay cool, calm, and collected for a successful testing season with these six tips!

[Classroom Assessment] 5 Creative Strategies for Engaging Exit Tickets

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Scott Sterling

Exit tickets are a great low-stress assessment method to get a pulse on what material students understand and what they are still struggling with at the end of a lesson.

Measuring Student Academic Growth in Personalized and Adaptive Learning Models

by
Dave Adams

As state standards, tests, and accountability all continue to evolve toward higher expectations of student performance, growth-based assessment models are gaining popularity. We're taking a closer look at the difference between growth and proficiency, and the benefits growth-based models have to offer.

Competency-Based Learning: 6 Things Educators Should Know

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Sarah Cornelius

Competency-based learning (CBL) is fast gaining popularity as an effective approach to personalize learning, better assess student understanding, and address the challenge of student knowledge gaps.

3 Ways Edtech Can Make Test Prep More Effective

by
Sarah Cornelius

Online programs can be a great solution for educators to help familiarize students with the testing process and question format while providing ongoing data to inform instruction.

Things You Can Do Now to Prepare Students for Testing

by
Scott Sterling

Beyond following the curriculum and practicing the standards, here are three common sense ideas for test day to make sure your students are set up for success!

How Teachers Can Help Students Cope with Test Anxiety

by
Sarah Cornelius

Teachers and students alike devote a lot of time and effort to preparing for high-stakes tests because they know a lot is riding on them. For some students, this understanding leads to painful test anxiety. Here are seven tips to help struggling students overcome their testing fears.

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