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May 24, 2018

Alabama SAIL program yields learning gains of 4 months

The summer slide isn’t just the bane of fall-semester teachers. Studies suggest that for disadvantaged students, summer learning loss can be the primary contributor to a reading achievement gap that leaves students three years behind by the end of ninth […]
May 23, 2018

Louisiana Principal of the Year finalist takes K–5 achievement to new heights

Sandra (Sandi) Jones is the principal of Mangham Elementary School, a small pre-K–5 school in northeastern Louisiana. Jones was recently named Richland Parish Principal of the Year and a 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year finalist, one of just nine […]
April 27, 2018

Assessment + instruction + practice = Closing gaps with districtwide K–8 data integration

For many New England schools, April assessments are about as welcome as a late-season nor’easter. But in Haverhill, Massachusetts, this year’s standardized tests present a unique opportunity for schools to showcase hard-earned academic gains. Dr. Erin Hagerty is the testing […]
March 28, 2018

Marine with a mission: Saint Peter’s 9-year journey to National Blue Ribbon achievement

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education presented its coveted National Blue Ribbon School award to just 50 private schools. Saint Peter’s Catholic School in Waldorf, Maryland, was one of them. Lieutenant Colonel John R. (J.R.) West began his career […]
March 15, 2018

Show-me results: Missouri HS reading program yields fast, double-digit proficiency gains

Skeptics might reasonably argue that fixing a school’s chronically poor reading scores takes years, not months. But at Northwest High School in Hughesville, Missouri, a determined community of educators, students, and parents implemented a reading assessment and intensive intervention program […]
March 12, 2018

Having fun and closing gaps: The art of math, by a North Carolina PTA Teacher of the Year

Life can throw a lot at a third-grade student. In many elementary schools, third grade marks the start of letter grades, standardized testing, and state-mandated reading-proficiency requirements. In Title I schools, poverty and other issues at home often underlie and […]
February 27, 2018

Massachusetts urban district turns the tide with bold reform and assessment-driven instruction

As often the case in urban districts, the strength of New Bedford Public Schools has seemed inexorably linked to the ebbs and flows of the local economy. But a bold plan for education reform has helped this district break that […]
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, […]