Is ANet for profit? (No.) Where do we stand on overtesting? (We're concerned, but some assessments are useful.) Answers to your frequently asked questions here.
Q: Is ANet a for-profit company?
A: No: ANet is a mission-driven nonprofit organization.
Q: Is it an assessment provider?
A: ANet is an organization dedicated to increasing educational equity in America. We do this by supporting schools in adopting best practices we’ve learned from hundreds of schools around the country—just one of which is the effective use of excellent formative assessments.
Q: How can we find time for yet another program?
A: ANet is not a program or curriculum. We provide a flexible, integrated set of supports to help you achieve your priorities. We don’t create work for you: We make the work you’re already doing—planning from standards, analyzing student work and assessment data to adapt teaching, and drawing conclusions that can make your teaching more powerful—easier and more effective.
Q: Where does ANet stand on over-testing concerns?
A: Not all tests are practical for guiding instruction, so they can seem like a poor use of precious teaching time. ANet formative assessments are designed not just to show what students have and haven’t learned, but also to help their teachers understand what instructional moves will advance their learning. They aren’t high-stakes, backward-looking accountability tests; they’re forward-looking sources of practical information and valuable insights.
Q: How is ANet different from other vendors?
A: We see ourselves as a partner, not a vendor. We’re motivated by values, not profit: we seek positive impact, not sales. We share educators’ passion for providing the best possible education to every student; and we pursue this goal by offering our specialized expertise to underserved schools.
Q: Do ANet coaches work with teachers?
Q: Is it expensive?
A: ANet represents a remarkable value. Our integrated system of tools and training can save schools 70–85% compared to piecing together a package that includes comparable coaching, PD, assessments, reporting, logistics, online platform, planning guides, sample lessons, and other instructional resources.