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Beyond Standards: 5 Strategies for Enrichment and Extensions

When you are thinking of accelerating instruction, consider instead the possibility of going deeper into grade-level standards: provide students meaningful opportunities to extend…
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Educational Equity and Classroom Data

When state test results come in, your district leadership may be surprised by, or worse, nonplussed by differences in student learning outcomes across…
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elementary math recovery

9 Tips for Elementary Math Recovery

We can improve our youngest students' math learning next fall and set goals for a strong elementary math recovery. These nine tips will…
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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 practice, let…
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About the USNS Project

Forefront Education, founded in 2009, provides an assessment data and standards-based reporting and grading solution called Forefront®. We support over 500 schools in…
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Standards Based Grades: Setting the Vision

The switch to standards-based grading increases specificity and accuracy: focusing on performance rather than progress and correctness rather than process. The standards-based mindset…
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USNS Validity and Reliability

Forefront Education commissioned an external review of the Universal Screeners for Number Sense (USNS) by a team of researchers at Bowling Green State…
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Data Driven Instruction

Do teachers in your district think of data as a four-letter word? That’s because so much of the data that they are asked…
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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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USNS IMPLEMENTATIONS

10 Tips for a USNS Implementation

As you begin to look to the fall to support your RtI/MTSS efforts to strengthen math instruction in your district, here are ten…
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