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October 11, 2018

Predicting performance on high-stakes tests: Why, how, and what’s next

You may have heard that Renaissance Star Assessments® can accurately predict student performance on your state’s summative or high-stakes test, as well as measure student progress toward ACT and SAT college and career readiness benchmarks. But what does it mean […]
October 4, 2018

Spark a passion for reading: 15 ways to motivate daily reading practice

A little bit of reading goes a long way. By reading around 15 minutes per day between grades 1 and 12, a student will have read more than 5 million words by the time they graduate high school. Increase reading […]
September 27, 2018

Build a strong community of readers: 15 educator tips on partnering with external stakeholders

Literacy is a community-wide concern. After all, literacy is the bridge leading to every child’s brighter future and every community’s future economic stability. Educators who form solid connections with external stakeholders can create a community-wide reading culture that leads to […]
September 20, 2018

The art and science of goal setting

By Denise Gibbs, EdD, RTI consultant and author My family has recently embraced RV camping, and we rarely set out without having a specific destination in mind. For some people, serendipitous wanderings can be a good way to explore the […]
September 13, 2018

Building reading comprehension through questions, inquiry, and sketchnotes

By Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach To comprehend or not to comprehend—that is the question. To comprehend illustrates a strong connection between reader and text, a connection that can only be made if students truly understand the words that are jumping […]
September 6, 2018

Build a strong community of readers: 5 ways to get started in your school or district

Literacy opens doors. It is the entry point to every child’s brighter future and the key to every community’s future development. Literacy rates—largely stagnant in recent years for a myriad of reasons—impact students, families, schools, and entire communities. What can […]
August 30, 2018

Tips for building connections with students

The smell of fresh, crisp notebooks. Nervous butterflies. Classroom bulletin boards that rival Pinterest. As schools nationwide welcome students back from summer vacation, administrators, teachers, and others are waiting to meet their new students. While the first couple weeks can […]
August 23, 2018

Resources to help build a community of readers

To build, develop, and maintain a true community of readers, it takes a village. Community partnerships and parental involvement are instrumental, as well as the right solutions in the right hands. A community depends on each other and uses the […]
August 16, 2018

How to make Renaissance National Honor Roll

Calling all Renaissance educators! Want to get the most out of your Renaissance practice and assessment solutions? Ready to learn different ways to ensure students experience measurable growth in reading and math? Want to be recognized for all that you […]
August 9, 2018

Tips for helping students find reliable news and online sources

You have 15 unread notifications! In a world of constant notifications, tweets, and status updates, we have access to more content than ever before. With a 24/7 media cycle, there’s more and more content being pumped out—some of it great, […]
July 26, 2018

4 essential skills for media literacy

I would confidently argue that media literacy is the most important topic of our time. Media impacts every aspect of our lives, specifically affecting how we relate to, learn about, and interact with the people around us. Whether it’s through […]
July 11, 2018

What’s the difference? Criterion-referenced tests vs. norm-referenced tests

Have you ever been perplexed by a situation like this one? In the fall, a student named Bruno did well on a district assessment. He scored 55 out of 100, which the district considers “proficient” for his grade level. His […]