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Math, Motivation, and Our Online World
Posted on Aug 27, 2020
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math Intervention
  • Remote Learning
Math, Motivation, and Our Online World

The downside of asking students to solve challenging math problems is that if the teacher doesn’t do a good job introducing the problem and then scaffolding when appropriate, students can end up more discouraged about their learning than empowered as problem solvers. Failure only reinforces what students already think about themselves and the subject matter.

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Beyond ELA and Math: Assessing Science and Writing
Posted on Aug 19, 2020
  • Sally Valenzuela
Tags
  • 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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Remote Learning and the Science of Reading
Posted on Aug 6, 2020
  • Jessica Kent
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Remote Learning
Remote Learning and the Science of Reading

The science of reading ... has allowed me to transition from a traditional classroom teacher to a virtual classroom teacher. Anyone can open a reading program and read the scripted text, but what happens when you do not have that reading program? LETRS provides you with the why (science) and the how (science) to teach reading, no program needed. LETRS teaches the science of reading which can be applied to any student, while being based on their individual level.

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Middle School: A Return to Learning and Literacy Success
Posted on Jul 29, 2020
  • Wendy Farone
Tags
  • Learning Loss
  • middle school
  • Remote Learning
Middle School: A Return to Learning and Literacy Success

After time away from live classroom instruction and what middle schoolers knew as the “norm,” how can we make the transition back to school easier, to engage students in learning immediately, and to effectively create literacy success for all students?

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