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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 30, 2018

81,000-student Florida district boosts achievement and state ranking with spot-on K–12 assessments

Testing…testing…testing. Unfortunately, repeated testing is the only path many school districts see to improving student achievement and performance on state assessments. But not all tests produce reliable or actionable insights, and the hours- or even days-long process can be self-defeating, […]
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 […]
November 28, 2017

At the NYC intersection of philanthropy, schools, and reading: 50,000 students benefit

William Ruane knew a thing or two about investing. A $10,000 initial investment in the Sequoia Fund that he co-founded in 1970 would be worth more than $4 million today. Under his cooperative management, the Sequoia Fund became one of […]
October 31, 2017

K–8 assessments help Montana district drive college/career readiness

For college-bound high school seniors, weak test scores in the spring can mean remedial courses on campus in the fall. How big a deal could that be? As it turns out, huge. An academic counselor at Helena College in Montana […]
October 11, 2017

Colorado K–6 charter school consistently performs above district average

It was 1917 when students first walked through the doors of a little red brick schoolhouse in Lamar, Colorado. Today, that same structure welcomes a fifth generation of students to the Alta Vista Charter School, a K–6 elementary school with […]
August 16, 2017

Reading and growing their way to top honors as Mississippi’s #1 elementary school

Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi has recently been ranked as Mississippi’s top elementary school.1 For five years and counting, the school has achieved an A grade in the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) accountability ratings. The state superintendent […]