April 23, 2014

The power of formative assessment

By Shannan Statz, Former Director & Principal   Change is sweeping K-12 assessment. Many teachers are evaluated against summative test outcomes. Students are expected to step up to the higher bar of Common Core and state standards. Districts are taking […]
April 3, 2014

“Going deep” to meet math standards

By Gene M. Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer   With Common Core, like any other complex initiative, we have to first take in the larger, straight-forward ideas before ever considering some of the nuances. Now that most states […]
March 27, 2014

Amid the CCSS “shifts,” let’s not lose sight of independent reading practice

By Eric Stickney, Director of Educational Research   Earlier this month, our Chief Academic Officer Gene Kerns wrote about text complexity and the Common Core State Standards. His comments remind us that even with all the attention on the “shifts” demanded […]
March 13, 2014

New approaches in supporting struggling readers

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer   In his work, Understanding Common Core State Standards, John Kendall cautions that under Common Core “it’s likely that [we] will have something new to learn and something to unlearn” […]