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November 20, 2020

Reframing literacy in the digital space

By Dr. Jan K. Bryan, Vice President and National Education Officer Note: This is the second in a series of blogs about the new book Literacy Reframed. You can read the first blog in the series by clicking here. Several […]
November 13, 2020

Assessing preschool children remotely this school year

By Dr. Scott McConnell, Director of Assessment Innovation As educators, we were thrown a curve ball last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread school closures and a quick pivot to remote education. Back then, many of us hoped […]
November 6, 2020

How literacy must be reframed this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Emerson wrote that “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” For me, this is the case when I read particularly insightful books. The […]
October 22, 2020

Product Highlights: Promoting educational equity

Back-to-School looked a lot different this year, with many schools and districts providing instruction remotely either full or part time. While it’s certainly possible for students to thrive in remote- and hybrid-learning environments, educators also face new challenges. Do all […]
October 14, 2020

How are kids performing so far this fall?

Last spring, school buildings had barely gone dark before questions about potential learning loss began to appear. The title of an Education Week article from early April read, “How Schools Will Overcome the ‘Coronavirus Slide:’ Ideas from Five Superintendents.” This […]
October 2, 2020

How we create vocabulary, literacy skills, and Spanish quizzes for Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader includes more than 210,000 quizzes on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books. The majority of these are Reading Practice Quizzes, which assess students’ literal comprehension of the books they’ve read. In an earlier blog, we provided […]
September 25, 2020

6 myths about emergent bilinguals

Note: This is the second blog in a two-part series about bilingualism and biliteracy. To read the first blog in the series, click here. Schools across the US are using Star Assessments in Spanish and English to assess their emergent […]
September 22, 2020

How to set equitable goals this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer For many of us, fall screening may look a bit different this year, especially if we’re assessing students remotely. Nonetheless, we’ll soon have—or may already have—our fall screening results. Based […]
September 18, 2020

Quizzing at home in Accelerated Reader

Last spring, educators who use Accelerated Reader had two key questions for us, as they worked to quickly transition from in-person to remote instruction. (1) Does Accelerated Reader support at-home quizzing? (2) If so, can you provide us with guidance […]
September 11, 2020

Assessing emergent bilinguals: Celebra lo que saben

By Doris Chávez-Linville, Director of English Learner Innovations, and Dr. Carol Johnson, National Education Officer According to estimates, between 60 and 75 percent of the world’s population speak two or more languages. The benefits of bilingualism are well documented: A […]
September 9, 2020

How the new Star CBM supports distance learning

By Dr. Scott McConnell, Director of Assessment Innovation The 2020–2021 school year is shaping up to be like nothing we’ve seen before—and will hopefully never see again. Schools have been planning for a variety of scenarios, including in-person instruction, remote […]
September 3, 2020

The making of an Accelerated Reader quiz

Every school day, hundreds of thousands of students assess their reading comprehension by taking a Reading Practice Quiz in Accelerated Reader. More than 210,000 AR quizzes are available on a wide range of books, and districts can allow students to […]