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August 7, 2020

Using Focus Skills to close COVID-19 learning gaps

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design As we begin the 2020–2021 school year, there’s no shortage of advice about how to meet students’ needs, given the […]
July 30, 2020

What students and parents need to know about remote testing

In our previous blog, we discussed key considerations for educators around the remote administration of Star Assessments. This includes issues like scheduling, maintaining test security, and accurately interpreting the results. In this blog, we’ll look at additional remote testing considerations—but […]
July 28, 2020

What teachers and administrators need to know about remote testing

As summer starts to wind down, you’re no doubt thinking about the new school year. This year, Back-to-School involves a lot of new questions and challenges due to COVID-19. How can you keep everyone safe? Will students be learning in […]
June 26, 2020

Keep moving forward: Promoting positive outcomes for all learners

What can Star data tell us about the efficacy of distance learning? Why will interim assessment be key in 2020–2021 and beyond?
June 26, 2020

Measure student growth: Monitoring progress throughout the year

How will school closures impact student growth? And how can you best measure growth during the 2020–2021 school year?
June 19, 2020

Check for mastery: Closing gaps in student learning

Is “mastery” a realistic goal in the new school year? If so, how can you measure it—and help your students achieve it?
June 12, 2020

Focus your efforts: Identifying what matters the most

Which skills are most critical at each grade level? Will focusing on these skills really help you to reverse learning loss?
June 5, 2020

Consider the whole child: The power of social-emotional learning

What emotional impact did the recent school closures have on students? Why will SEL be so critical in the new school year?
May 29, 2020

Get your baseline: Measuring proficiency and growth

Which data points should you collect now to prepare for Back-to-School? What should you consider when screening students this fall?
May 22, 2020

Be flexible: Have multiple plans for Back-to-School

How are other schools and districts planning for fall? Should you include remote test administration in your plans?
May 15, 2020

Remember the basics: An assessment plan for Back-to-School 2020

Will students experience a “COVID-19 Slide”? If so, what are the best steps you can take to reverse this?
April 30, 2020

Considerations for remote testing

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, and Rita Wright, Director, National Academic Advisors Should we be assessing our students during this time of school closures? Because Renaissance is one of the nation’s leading K–12 assessment providers, it was inevitable […]