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How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

Why did we build an Accountability Dashboard? Despite what you’ve heard in the news, ESSA is still around. Even our U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is saying that we should honor the timeline that was already set in place. So, we’re going to keep moving forward, and all the individual states are still moving forward … Continue reading How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

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

5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

Here’s a common misconception: scheduling is a task for spring and summer. The reality is that late spring is often too hectic, while summer is too late to make change. To be more effective, school leaders should use the fall and winter to get smart about scheduling.  It’s important to use these few months before … Continue reading 5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

For many years, districts have focused on assessments to gauge student mastery of the curriculum. But state assessment systems that revolve around once-a-year summative testing do not tell the entire student achievement story. There is not adequate data to improve educational outcomes and build school capacity. Educators and students need assessment information to measure the … Continue reading Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

The importance of measuring and teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies cannot be overstated. In fact, it is clearly emerging as one of the most effective ways to develop psychologically healthy and productive young people and adults. Furthermore, the extent to which we ignore SEL, we increase the likelihood that students will further disengage … Continue reading Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

The freshly-polished hallways and classrooms across the country are filling up once again as another school year begins. Many students are showing up with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, with many teachers eager to help them become lifelong learners. But for educators, every school year also comes with new challenges. With several mandates, new legislation and ways … Continue reading 7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Traditionally, test scores have been used to place students into an accelerated or advanced math pathway. Whether they’re in middle school or high school, students had to achieve certain scores on a series of common benchmarks or one one-off placements and readiness exams to be placed in the proper programs. The exams, created and administered by … Continue reading Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Use Technology to Manage your Reading Improvement Processes

Use Technology to Manage your Reading Improvement Processes

This article was originally written by John LaPlante, Executive Director of ACCESS, on LinkedIn Pulse and is republished with his permission. In Ohio, we have something called the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG). This is a program through which schools ensure that all third graders have a standard level of reading comprehension. All schools need … Continue reading Use Technology to Manage your Reading Improvement Processes

Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

For past generations of educators, the notion of “everywhere, all-the-time learning” might’ve sounded too good to be true. But modern educational technology says otherwise. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology recently unveiled its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, entitled Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. Released every five years … Continue reading Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

Improving Student Learning: The Present and Future of Formative Assessment

Improving Student Learning: The Present and Future of Formative Assessment

It’s often referenced but not always practiced nor understood. The term “formative assessment” gets thrown around a great deal in educational contexts. Initiate a conversation with a half-dozen educators and you’ll likely hear six different definitions and nearly as many viewpoints on proper implementation. That assessing student learning progress in a formative manner within the … Continue reading Improving Student Learning: The Present and Future of Formative Assessment