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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

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Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

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Filtering by Tag: formative assessment

Principals reimagine data as compass, not report card

Becky Frutos

For two principals at New Paradigm for Education schools, data isn’t just a tool for accountability: it’s a compass that guides them throughout every stage of planning, instruction, and reflection. How do these leaders apply data as a year-round instructional driver instead of just a year-end report card?

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An unaligned assessment strategy can undermine quality curriculum.

Jeff Odell

Many districts are investing heavily in curriculum to improve teaching and learning. But you’ll only get so far if you only pay attention to curriculum, because assessments can actively work against a good curriculum. ANet helped LDOE grapple with this dilemma.

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ANet offers a new vision for assessment in major white paper

Becky Frutos

We are excited to release our new white paper on refining system-level assessment strategy. You’ll learn the steps of the process and understand some key insights that can help you get the most out of your assessment strategy efforts.

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Why leader learning matters

Sarah Tierney

As a school leader, you can get so focused on student learning that you overlook your own learning. But the instructional leadership team at MAS Charter School see a direct connection between leader learning and teachers’ and students’ achievement.

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ANet assessments recognized for excellence in independent study

Becky Frutos

Almost everyone in education, especially teachers and school leaders, understands the importance of high-quality interim assessments to guide effective instruction. The problem is: How do you know which ones are best?

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Leveraging assessments for instructional change

Becky Frutos

Most educators agree that assessments shouldn’t be a “departure from instruction” but, rather, an “integral part of it.” They’re on board with changing the conversation around assessments from student scores to what students have learned, and many agree that teachers should take the assessment. 


However, in light of the ever-increasing demands on the time of teachers and leaders, the questions become when can this work be done? And, is this work truly worth it? 

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With assessments, one size can’t fit all.

Jeff Odell

Think about some of the reasons that we assess: to measure growth, as a diagnostic, for accountability/evaluation, or to inform teachers’ instructional decisions. 

How could any one assessment do all of those things well?

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