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Renaissance® Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K–12 education. Subscribe to the Renaissance Newsletter and get the latest posts delivered straight to your inbox.

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 […]
March 13, 2020

How to build a summer reading program that engages students and families

As the summer months approach, our thoughts are focused on keeping students engaged in reading when school is out. Research shows that reading at least 20 minutes a day, every day, all year long, can make a world of difference […]
February 7, 2020

What is Star CBM?

By Scott McConnell, Director of Assessment Innovation With Back to School in 2020, Renaissance will add a new set of measures to our industry-leading assessments of reading and mathematics. Teachers and schools will be able to select Star CBM, which […]
January 2, 2020

How real classroom experiences influence Renaissance products

When you hear the term “Silicon Valley Start-Up”, what do you imagine? You might picture people who are passionate about changing how we interact with artificial intelligence or someone solving tomorrow’s problems. Yet, plenty of current and former educators are […]
November 11, 2019

Engaging reluctant readers with beloved books

Something magical happens when a student finds “that” book—the one that speaks to them, delights them, and leaves them hungry for more. Suddenly, they’re devouring pages, chapters, books, and even whole series. Yet “that” book isn’t the same for every […]