February 14, 2018

Improved K–2 assessments help charter schools achieve fast gains in early literacy

Teachers say it’s the look that can make them teary-eyed—that “I’ve got it!” expression when a very young student first recognizes rhyming sounds or suddenly makes the connection between letters and sounds. But getting to those moments can be challenging, […]
January 18, 2018

New Jersey district with diverse population gets students to read 220,000 books

Jak było dzisiaj w szkole? Unfamiliar with the phrase above? It’s “How was school today?” in Polish, just one of the 65 different languages spoken in Clifton, New Jersey. In fact, more than 40 percent of the Clifton Public Schools […]
January 17, 2018

Reliable assessment data helps teachers at Delaware Catholic school personalize learning

When asked to identify her school’s most valuable resource, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Muir, principal at All Saints Catholic School in Wilmington, Delaware, doesn’t hesitate. “Our teachers. Traditionally, Catholic education has been synonymous with high-quality academics, a reputation built largely on […]
December 4, 2017

The Captain Underpants Challenge: 460 students, one week, two million words

As the story goes, it was the sound of snapping fingers that turned an ordinary school principal, Benny Krupp, into superhero Captain Underpants.1 But in Lakewood, Washington, it was the unusual quiet of 460 elementary students reading hundreds of library […]