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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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“Our Assessment Plan Needs an Overhaul!” 3 Keys to a Smart Assessment Strategy

Achievement Network

A thoughtful, balanced assessment strategy is about more than just testing: it’s about creating better experiences for our teachers and students.

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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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Drag and drop could provide a lift: Is your school ready for online assessments?

Jeff Odell

Are you wondering whether you should switch from paper/pencil to online interim assessments next year? Online assessments promise new opportunities for teachers to take instructional action from interim data. 

But ANet’s experience supporting schools through this transition demonstrates that taking time to assess and build readiness for online assessment can set students up for success. Consider these four key questions to clarify whether the time is right for your school to adopt online assessment.  

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