Discussion is a necessary piece of learning to fully understand, challenge, and support one's ideas and evidence. Learn how University Prep Academy’s teachers got more students speaking up in class than ever before!Read More
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Today, Angela’s on her way to visit Raleigh-Egypt Middle/High School. She’s built close relationships with many educators in the building over the past two years she’s coached them. Together, they’ve faced challenges and shared many successes. Among the successes—last year, Raleigh-Egypt jumped from a level 1 rating to a level 5.Read More
I remember vividly my middle school teacher gave us a word search as a final exam. Was this all he thought we could do?
As an adult, I’ve learned that if you set the bar too low for kids, they believe that’s all they’re capable of.Read More
How to analyze student data: Make sure you celebrate student, not numbers.Read More
How to analyze student data: Balance data with context to use data to inform teaching.Read More
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?Read More
Using data to inform instruction is easier said than done. Here are the six stages I went through as I adjusted to data-driven instruction, expressed by some of my favorite TV/movie educators.Read More
Zachary Parker, an experienced coach with ANet District of Columbia, recently wrote to the school leaders he works with on the subject of equity.Read More
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?Read More
A member of our team finds connections between the CCSS and her experience as a Montessori student exciting and, you might even say, healing.Read More
All children should feel like they can relate to the literature that they read. Two members of our assessment team describe how they incorporate this concern in their work.Read More
If you had told me in high school that I would one day be creating tests, I would have laughed in your face. Because, in my world, tests were things to be feared, dreaded, avoided if possible. Let’s be honest: I hated tests.
My journey from assessment-phobe to director of ELA assessments at ANet involved traumas, triumphs, and learning about the true value of assessments.Read More