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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 1, 2020

In response to: Should we assess students this fall?

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Recently, there’s been a lot of chatter about the role of assessment in the new school year. Should we or should we not assess students this fall? If so, in […]
August 7, 2020

Using Focus Skills to close COVID-19 learning gaps

As we begin the 2020–2021 school year, there’s no shortage of advice about how to meet students’ needs, given the disruption caused by COVID-19 last spring. Although the language may vary, multiple authors and agencies begin with a key recommendation: Prioritize the most critical skills and knowledge in each subject area and focus your attention there.
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 […]