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The Number Sense Lens

Lenses are conceptual frameworks to organize ideas, related skills, concepts, and developmental milestones. They provide educators with shared perspectives on expectations and outcomes,…
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Overall Performance Levels

Overall performance levels can be helpful, when used well. When there are repeated assessments, overall performance can help teachers quickly and easily understand…
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USNS Predictive Validity

3 Questions at the Beginning of Second Grade Three questions from the fall Universal Screeners for Number Sense (USNS) reliably identify students who…
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Better Grading Practices Can Strengthen MTSS

These two and a half years of learning through the pandemic have impacted student learning. They have also revealed many of the inequities…
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Not All Tests Are Bad. Some Are.

6 key components to help you evaluate assessments and know the difference Not all assessments are equal. There are high-quality assessments. There are…
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10 Tips for a USNS Implementation

As you begin to look to the fall to support your RtI/MTSS efforts and strengthen math instruction in your district, here are ten…
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Bridges Math Data Show Consistent Learning

Interruptions have impacted student learning nationwide. Measured by state tests, college entrance exams, and third-party assessment solutions, including benchmark and interim test solutions,…
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Math Screeners in an RtI/MTSS System

  “RtI begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening for all students.” IES Practice Guide, US DOE, 2009 It is a great trend…
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How Assessments Can Hurt Student Learning

Every district, school, and classroom teacher has to develop ways to understand student learning. In the wake of the pandemic, assessment needs are…
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Elementary Math Screener USNS Fall Results

A Reflection on USNS Results after 18 months of Covid-19 Pandemic The elementary math screener Universal Screeners for Number Sense (USNS)'s fall results…
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