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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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Number Sense Screeners – Fall 2020 Results

Revised versions of the Universal Screeners for Number Sense (USNS) were released in July 2020 and the initial interest has been exciting. Unique…
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In Defense of Classroom Assessments

Classroom assessments are closely aligned to instructional programs. They serve a variety of purposes for teachers: grading, informing instruction, and for teacher collaboration.…
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Focus on Classroom Assessments

Aligning Classroom Practice with School-wide Systems School-wide systems exist first and foremost to support teachers to create effective classrooms. As we emerge from…
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Using Data for Racial Equity in Schools

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is highlighting injustice and racial discrimination in policing. Some districts are already taking strides to remove police…
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Software Updates for July 2020

Over the past year a lot has been happening at Forefront Education behind the scenes, and soon it will be on your screens!…
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6 Best Practices for Standards-Based Grading

Is your school or district making the shift to standards-based or standards-aligned grading? Standards-based grading goes well beyond a new report card and…
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An Opportunity in Canceled State Tests

  Last month, the White House gave blanket approval for states to cancel standardized tests. Next fall, teachers will adjust to students coming…
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