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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.

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Filtering by Tag: overtesting

How one district saved time and boosted teaching with curriculum-embedded assessments

Jeff Odell

Teachers at Allen Parish Schools, in Louisiana, felt harried and frustrated by testing until ANet helped district leaders realize they had a tool to save time and inform their teaching hiding in plain sight—curriculum-embedded assessments.

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Refine your assessment strategy: 4 benefits of reducing testing and refocusing on teaching [Infographic]

Becky Frutos

Despite widespread dissatisfaction with too much testing, district leaders often feel powerless to change their situation. Fortunately, there are actions they can take. Check out this infographic to see the impact our partners made.

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Refine your assessment strategy: 4 steps to reduce testing and refocus on teaching [Infographic]

Becky Frutos

Despite widespread dissatisfaction with too much testing, district leaders often feel powerless to change their situation. Fortunately, there are actions they can take. Check out this infographic to get a sense of the process outlined in our new white paper.

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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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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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The testing cap: We must get ahead of potential unintended consequences.

Jeff Odell

We applaud the administration’s first step to address our nation’s over-testing challenge. Now we need guidance on the kinds of assessments states and districts should prioritize. Without this, the situation we face several years from now could be worse than the one we face today. 

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Knowing what they know

Jeff Odell

At ANet, our guiding principle regarding assessment is that it’s most valuable when it informs instruction. Massachusetts school principal Jean-Marie Kahn speaks for many: “I’m not a huge fan of standardized testing, but I can’t imagine running a school without knowing what my kids know.”

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