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What Experts Say About Using Assessments This Fall
Posted on Sep 10, 2020
  • Sally Valenzuela
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  • Assessment
What Experts Say About Using Assessments This Fall

Much has been published about bringing students and teachers back to school this fall. Educators must consider the health and safety of students and school personnel as well as academics, including gathering information about student learning to inform classroom instruction and curriculum programs. Our senior assessment staff has surveyed various sources for information to help guide school and district decision-making.

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Beyond ELA and Math: Assessing Science and Writing
Posted on Aug 19, 2020
  • Sally Valenzuela
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  • Assessment
  • Science
Beyond ELA and Math: Assessing Science and Writing

The advent of technology-enhanced item types has allowed science assessment to move beyond the rote to focus on scientific thinking and analysis. ClearSight Checkpoint science assessments use multiple item types, including simulations, to give students an opportunity to interact with science content. Using ClearSight throughout the year can help ensure that students are building key scientific thinking skills and understanding of science concepts across the years.

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Completing the Puzzle of Assessment: Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Implications for Instruction
Posted on Aug 12, 2020
  • Julie Klingerman
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  • Assessment
  • Literacy
  • RAN
  • Rapid Automatized Naming
Completing the Puzzle of Assessment: Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Implications for Instruction

Assessment can sometimes feel like that pile of puzzle pieces—which ones fit together? How do data fit together to create a comprehensive picture of a school, classroom, or individual student? Much is now known regarding which skills are highly predictive of later reading outcomes, and several excellent tools are available for this purpose. In kindergarten and first grade, timed tasks including letter naming, basic phonemic awareness, and rapid automatized naming (RAN) provide insight into who is at risk and to a certain extent; why.

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Inside the Black Box of Machine Scoring
Posted on Jul 15, 2020
  • Sarah Browning-Larson
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  • Assessment
Inside the Black Box of Machine Scoring

How does a test taker’s response, indicated through a selection or entry in a digital assessment, get evaluated and scored by a machine? It's easy to understand that computer code can be programmed to score a multiple-choice item. If the correct answer is selected by the test taker, that selection is compared to the correct answer in the scoring program and if it matches, it is then recorded as correct. But what happens with more sophisticated technology-enhanced items or items that require written responses like essays?

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Five Tips for Writing Your Own Technology-Enhanced Items
Posted on Jun 24, 2020
  • Sally Valenzuela
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  • Assessment
  • technology
Five Tips for Writing Your Own Technology-Enhanced Items

Writing your own items is one way to gather evidence from students about their knowledge and skills. This evidence can support inferences you make about student learning to help with decisions about the next unit of instruction, placement in learning groups, needs for remediation, and other classroom choices. For writing TEIs, there are some special considerations. Here are five tips to writing your own TEIs.

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Back to School 2020: A Fall Like No Other
Posted on Jun 10, 2020
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
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  • Assessment
  • COVID Slide
  • COVID-19
  • Learning Loss
Back to School 2020: A Fall Like No Other

Back to school 2020 will be like no other in history. As districts, schools, and families begin to work through educational plans for the new academic year, educators must address student learning loss during the extended spring school closure—known as the COVID slide. School reopening plans will vary, depending on many safety, social, and economic factors. However, one thing will be certain: teachers must have valid ways to reliably assess where students are in their progression of learning.

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