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Using Universal Screening Data to Evaluate Learning Loss
Posted on Jun 17, 2021
  • Dr. Stephanie Stollar
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  • Acadience
  • Assessment
Using Universal Screening Data to Evaluate Learning Loss

Universal screening offers a valuable opportunity for the early identification of student needs—and its power lies not in data collection, but in data use. Because screening assessments that use minimum benchmark goals are predictive of future reading outcomes, briefly checking in on essential early literacy skills three times a year can inform decisions about continuing or changing instruction.

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Reading Assessment for Adolescents: A Tool Educators Use to Change Lives
Posted on Mar 4, 2021
  • Laurie Carmon
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  • Acadience
  • Assessment
Reading Assessment for Adolescents: A Tool Educators Use to Change Lives

Laurie Carmon is currently manager of new business development for Voyager Sopris Learning and has more than 25 years of experience supporting educators across the United States to successfully implement K–12 literacy and math intervention tools.

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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
Tags
  • 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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