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Topic: Measuring Success

Finding the Genius in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Finding the Genius in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

About Lake Hills School Lake Hills School is the Exceptional Student Education Center School for Lake County, Florida, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities (SwSCD) ages 3–22. All of the classrooms at Lake Hills School are self-contained meaning the classes are multi-grade level and multi-ability level. For example, a... Read the full article >
Speaking a Common Language

Speaking a Common Language

Getting our Terms Straight One difficulty lies in the various terms educators, policy makers, and other leaders use when they discuss an assessment program or system. In our experience, we’ve learned that talking about different types of assessment can lead to a “Who’s on first?” circular conversation. After a few... Read the full article >
Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

What are Formative Assessments and Why Should We Use Them? by Judith Dodge Check out these teacher friendly tips from scholastic for using formative assessments to help differentiate instruction and improve student achievement. The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment by W. James Popham In this Education Week commentary, Dr. Popham... Read the full article >
Did We Do That? Evaluating the Impact of Turnaround Efforts

Did We Do That? Evaluating the Impact of Turnaround Efforts

“If we do A,” they say, “B will get better.” Sometimes they are right, at least partially. B may in fact get better. The problem is that, in many cases, B gets better without A having anything to do with it. Because we said A was going to work, though, we call it... Read the full article >
Leadership for Change: Leveraging Small Wins to Move a District Forward

Leadership for Change: Leveraging Small Wins to Move a District Forward

New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm dedicated to identifying and scaling the most effective models for change in the social sector, recently documented an educational intervention in Massachusetts that we believe fits Weick’s insight to a tee. In 2011, Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) in Massachusetts became the first school... Read the full article >
Measuring Student Engagement with eProve surveys

Measuring Student Engagement with eProve surveys

Research has shown a strong relationship between student engagement and a variety of student success outcomes (e.g., Fredricks et al.,2004; Parsons et al., 2013). For example, Finn and Rock (1997) found that low-income minority students who were observed as engaged, were more likely to be academically successful, achieve passing grades,... Read the full article >
AdvancED Launches STEM Certification Pilot

AdvancED Launches STEM Certification Pilot

Imagine this as a typical day in an elementary, middle or high school: Elementary students working in collaborative groups to design rollercoasters with simple, everyday materials to learn about force and motion. High school and middle school teachers facilitating student-led discussions and asking questions to stimulate creative problem solving for... Read the full article >
Helping All Students Succeed: A Plan to Narrow the Achievement Gap in STEM Education

Helping All Students Succeed: A Plan to Narrow the Achievement Gap in STEM Education

If we are purposeful and intentional in our actions, we can begin to narrow the achievement gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classrooms. The study, “Effective, Sustained Inquiry-Based Instruction Promotes Higher Science Proficiency Among All Groups” published in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, showed that proficiency rates... Read the full article >
CEO Message: Measuring Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

CEO Message: Measuring Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

Today’s system of education is time-based, where the measures of success are what knowledge students possess within stated timeframes as determined by large-scale assessments that promote uniformity and standardization. What really constitutes success, and how can and should we recognize success in learning? Delivering content through whatever means (e.g. traditional,... Read the full article >
Student Learning is our Work

Student Learning is our Work

For some time now, school leaders have come under fire to demonstrate greater accountability for the learning of all students. While there are pockets of educational excellence that exist, the preponderance of public schools are considered underperforming and that is unacceptable. Who is accountable for student learning? The Meaning of... Read the full article >