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The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

In the words of Dr. W. James Popham, assessment literacy “describes a person’s understanding of what education tests can do—and what they can’t. To be assessment literate, one needs to comprehend the basic concepts and procedures of education tests likely to influence education decisions.” Essentially, assessment literacy means we have broad knowledge and skills around … Continue reading The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

I remember the day clearly. It was mid-December, right before the holiday break, when I broke. It was just before lunch, maybe about 11:15, and we were in my self-contained grade 6-8 special education classroom. It was literally the last portable in the back of the school. I was a third of the way into … Continue reading Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

This excerpt comes from our latest white paper written in conjunction with Gina Thompson, Superintendent of Yuma Union High School District. Read the entire article here. Based on raw numbers, Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) would appear to be a school district poised to fail. Poverty is endemic to the region; 73% of YUHSD … Continue reading How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

As we’ve been emphasizing in our previous posts, data alone is never enough. Data is just a tool that educators can use to identify and remove possible barriers to student success. And because many inequities are built into our educational system, we need people at all organizational levels who know how to collect, analyze, and … Continue reading The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

“Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

“Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

In August 2018, I was blessed to conduct four hours of professional development for school leaders, teachers, and staff of the Lewis Center for Educational Research (LCER). The LCER oversees two charter schools: Norton Science and Language Academy in San Bernardino, California, and the Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley, California. During the … Continue reading “Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

This brief was published originally by The Learning Counsel. It addresses the data issues that keep leaders from getting to real personalization from data collection, and provide the five steps to becoming a data superhero. Micro-data is an observation data-point collected on an individual subject—a statistical unit, as in one question with answer, one quiz, … Continue reading From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a single school with 150 students to a network that currently serves 36,000 students and plans to grow to 100,000 students by 2022. IDEA has schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio, and will open schools in Southern Louisiana and El Paso for the … Continue reading How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap

California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap

The state of California has implemented a number measures to close one of the largest and most persistent achievement gaps in the nation, Recently released scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a nationwide test for fourth- and eighth-graders in math and reading given every two years, show that California’s students are still performing below the … Continue reading California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap

Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

One week before the 2016-17 school year ended, I conducted a professional development workshop at a public elementary school in California. This predominantly Latino school was located in the school district’s lowest-income neighborhood. At the beginning of the workshop, I asked the 26 teachers to tell me their names, how long they’d taught at the … Continue reading Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

How Georgia Aims to Close the Achievement Gap

How Georgia Aims to Close the Achievement Gap

While Georgia’s Department of Education takes aim at closing the achievement gap under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations, implementing measures to do so has been left to individual schools and districts. Georgia was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education when it approved six ESSA state plans in January, as the state focused on … Continue reading How Georgia Aims to Close the Achievement Gap