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The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

What if we thought of student performance in the same way prospective buyers thought about purchasing a home? For the home buying process, many consumers perform a ton of research related to the prospective home, including relevant details about community, the quality of neighborhood schools, and the city’s crime rate. This is all completed before … Continue reading The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

Meeting the Needs of Our English Language Learners

Meeting the Needs of Our English Language Learners

The issue of meeting the needs of our Long-Term English Learners (LTEL) and English Language Learners (ELL) is challenging and complex. Let’s start by considering some facts. LTEL and ELL students currently represent the fastest growing segment of school-age population in the U.S. Yet, the numbers are showing that many of them are struggling in … Continue reading Meeting the Needs of Our English Language Learners

Why Are Teachers Quitting? Finding Ways to Deal with Recruitment & Retention

Why Are Teachers Quitting? Finding Ways to Deal with Recruitment & Retention

There are reports that U.S. schools are dealing with yet another teacher shortage. It seems that many districts are facing the challenges of trying to fill classrooms with qualified teachers—with no easy fix in the horizon.  This is a significant shift from when teachers were being laid off 10 years ago, including the years after … Continue reading Why Are Teachers Quitting? Finding Ways to Deal with Recruitment & Retention

Addressing the Focus, Data & Usability of a Modern SIS

Addressing the Focus, Data & Usability of a Modern SIS

Educators are starting to see that the traditional student information system (SIS) is no longer cutting it. There’s an ongoing shift towards systems that are modernized and focused on comprehensive student growth, with features to truly engage districts and promote student success. Typically, the SIS is defined to address (but is not limited to) seven … Continue reading Addressing the Focus, Data & Usability of a Modern SIS

Steps for Teachers & Site Leaders to Apply Differentiated Instruction

Steps for Teachers & Site Leaders to Apply Differentiated Instruction

Classrooms consist of a broad array of diverse learners. Each student comes to school with diverse learning needs, and teachers are being asked to satisfy those needs based on various factors: a student’s home language and culture, student prerequisite skills and knowledge, and learning styles. To support teachers in delivering a high-quality instructional program that … Continue reading Steps for Teachers & Site Leaders to Apply Differentiated Instruction

Measuring Student Learning with Student Growth Percentiles & Student Growth Targets

Measuring Student Learning with Student Growth Percentiles & Student Growth Targets

When it comes to measuring teacher effectiveness, educators often wonder how students are performing in relation to their peers. How do they know which students are achieving higher relative to their academic peers? How do they determine if certain students are progressing at a higher rate relative to other students?   In today’s classroom, it’s … Continue reading Measuring Student Learning with Student Growth Percentiles & Student Growth Targets

How to Prevent Student Learning Loss During the Summer

How to Prevent Student Learning Loss During the Summer

One of the biggest challenges teachers and students face when returning to school after summer vacation is the loss of learning during the break. The lack of academic focus can negatively impact a student’s learning, resulting in summer learning loss, also known as brain drain. The reality is that students come back to school losing important information … Continue reading How to Prevent Student Learning Loss During the Summer

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

The state of student information systems (SIS) has changed significantly over the past decade. Traditionally, the focus of a student information system was to ensure users can manage different aspects of student data like attendance and grades, and report that data back to the state. The main goal for most districts was compliance. In recent … Continue reading Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Santee Education Complex is a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), located in South Central Los Angeles. It was built in 2005 with the special distinction of being the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Immediately after its opening, Santee dealt with issues around … Continue reading How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

The reality in today’s schools is that students are absent and missing out on opportunities to learn—and it’s happening at an alarming rate. According to research by the U.S. Department of Education, over 6 million students have missed 15 or more days of school in 2013-14. This equates to one in every eight students, or … Continue reading Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities