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May 8, 2018

Ask and assess: Questions that help guide assessment

Once you’ve found a timely, trustworthy assessment with a well-designed learning progression, it’s time to start assessing your students! . . . or is it? Over-testing is a real concern in today’s schools. A typical student may take more than […]
May 1, 2018

Learning progressions: Finding your best assessment (part two)

All educational assessments, from lengthy high-stakes summative exams to quick skill checks, share one thing in common: They provide a measure of student learning—knowledge, skill, attitude, and/or ability—at a specific moment in time. When you string together the results of […]
April 24, 2018

Timely and trustworthy: Finding your best assessment (part one)

Bigger is better . . . isn’t it? When it comes to assessment, this seems to be a common misconception: Some educators mistakenly believe that longer tests are always better measures of student learning. However, that’s just not true. There […]
April 19, 2018

How Renaissance Flow 360 helps create a continuous feedback loop

Teaching is difficult. It’s difficult to pinpoint how students are doing, and it’s even more difficult to recognize which students need additional guidance. Yet perhaps the most difficult aspect of the job is ensuring that you give each student the […]
April 17, 2018

Explore 170 years of American assessments

Today is test day. In a quiet classroom, children stare at the preprinted sheets in front of them. Some students squirm; they’re nervous. The assessment is timed and they only have 60 minutes to answer all of the questions before […]
April 12, 2018

How Renaissance Flow 360 automates the personalized learning process

Engaging students in the right instructional practice at the right time is daunting, especially with students at various learning levels and an average of 22 different instructional practice solutions in every classroom nationwide. No wonder educators are often overwhelmed and […]
April 5, 2018

How families can support reading practice outside of school

Kids of all ages need daily reading practice to help build strong literacy skills and achieve college and career readiness, but there are only so many hours in a school day—and more than half of students aren’t spending enough time […]
March 29, 2018
Math motivation: Attitude, anxiety, and achievement

Math motivation: Attitude, anxiety, and achievement

“Should I be concerned about my students’ attitudes toward mathematics?” This is one of the questions researchers sought to answer when they set out to analyze the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results. That year, 510,000 high school-aged […]
March 22, 2018
Math milestones: The critical role of math achievement in student success

Math milestones: The critical role of math achievement in student success

Can a student’s math achievement in prekindergarten predict whether they will graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher? Math is so much more than just numbers and symbols. It’s logic and critical thinking. It’s problem solving. It helps […]
March 6, 2018

Instructional strategies for 7 early literacy pillars

By Pati Montgomery, Founder & President, Schools Cubed It’s time to set tremendously high expectations for early literacy. Research says that, with the right instruction, 95% of all students can be “on level” by the end of third grade. I […]
February 27, 2018
Activate Your Knowledge - Reading Resources and Action Steps

Activate your knowledge: Reading resources and action steps

This is the final entry in the Education Leader’s Guide to Reading Growth, a 7-part series about the things education leaders need to know about reading—and the steps they need to take. Struggling readers. Reading time. ZPD. Text variety. Effort. […]
February 20, 2018
Interwoven - Achievement in Reading, Science, and Math

Interwoven: Achievement in reading, science, and math

This is the sixth entry in the Education Leader’s Guide to Reading Growth, a 7-part series about the key factors that affect reading success—and how reading success affects overall student success. Struggles in science? Low math scores? Maybe your students […]