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Social-Emotional Needs Before, During, and After USNS Interviews

The first weeks of school are an exciting time! Yet many students also feel anxious at the start of a new school year,…
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Improve Standards-Based Assessment Practices

    Standards-based assessment is the practice of assessing student learning relative to specific learning outcomes. To illustrate what it looks like in…
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Standards-based Grading Systems and Equity

"He is a C student." "She's bad at math." "These students are failing." Traditional grading systems rank students and turn grades into labels.…
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Screener Validity and Reliability

History and Background The Universal Screeners for Number Sense (USNS) released in three phases during the 2020-2021 school year are the result of…
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Universal Screeners for Number Sense: Next Steps

Addressing Number Sense as a Whole Group, Small Group or One-on-One When looking at results of the Universal Screeners for Number Sense, I…
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A Blueprint for Recovery in K-5 Math

Getting back to “normal” may not happen next fall. Or 2022. Nonetheless, the best chance to make up for the losses of the…
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Assessment Types – Pros and Cons

There are a variety of tools that can be used to measure student learning. From standardized tests to exit tickets, the purposes and…
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How to collect quality student learning data

Teachers and school and district leadership have less student learning data than ever before. Many teachers may welcome cancelled state standardized tests that…
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Do Common Formative Assessments Even Exist?

Formative assessments impact instruction directly. When teachers use formative instructional practices, they assess students, interpret results, and respond. Tools and strategies for formative…
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Equitable Grading Practices

More students than ever are failing. In a recent meeting with math leaders, we considered the case of high school mathematics grades in…
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