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6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

As schools are preparing students to learn and utilize 21st century skills, it’s natural that students and their teachers are using more and more resources online. As a result, student information is being placed into information and learning management systems that are online. Not only is there a legal obligation to protect student data through … Continue reading 6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

Developing a Student Achievement System? Here’s How.

Developing a Student Achievement System? Here’s How.

Many educators talk often about wanting to incorporate an assessment system into their instruction, but aren’t quite sure where to start. When it comes to building a student achievement system, the task could seem daunting: How often to conduct data analysis? How to approach developing standards schedules? How to build quality assessments? These are just … Continue reading Developing a Student Achievement System? Here’s How.

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

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Teacher attrition rose significantly over the last two decades. Now more than 41% of teachers leave the profession within just five years of starting, and about half a million U.S. teachers (which amounts to 15%) leave the profession every year. In short, teachers are burning out, which means they are exhausted from the prolonged stress and/or … Continue reading Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

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

Why Should Educators Use Data?

Why Should Educators Use Data?

People often ask us, “How can I get more people to use data and educational technology tools?” It’s a fair question, as school districts are often bombarded with initiatives and, as a result, have traditionally slower rates of technology adoption. However, instead of focusing on the goal of blanket adoption of a tool, a better starting point … Continue reading Why Should Educators Use Data?

How Student-Led Conferences Are Impacting Our Schools

How Student-Led Conferences Are Impacting Our Schools

Student-led conferences have classrooms seeing positive results as students take control of their learning. Unlike parent-teacher conferences, where teachers are informing families on student performance, student-led conferences are handing that responsibility over to the student. Both educator and parent alike are touting the benefits of this new approach: greater accountability, and a more complete view of student achievement. … Continue reading How Student-Led Conferences Are Impacting Our Schools

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

5 Steps to Building an At-Risk Student Model

5 Steps to Building an At-Risk Student Model

Earlier this month (April 2016) Illuminate Education partnered with Edweek to give webinar presentation on how schools can implement an Early Warning System (EWS). We were so thrilled with the response that we wanted to give a quick summary of what we discussed in the Webinar. Dr. Chris Balow authored and gave the presentation; below … Continue reading 5 Steps to Building an At-Risk Student Model

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