Tag: formative assessment

Article Nov, 2017

Research Shows that Engaging Parents on Student Progress has Big Benefits

Engaging parents in a student’s K-12 educational experience creates significant benefits. See the ways in which districts and families can improve outcomes.

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July, 2017

PowerSchool’s Post-ISTE Recap

Last week, PowerSchool’s team, along with 20,000 other educators and techies, descended upon San Antonio for the ISTE Conference & Expo to discover new ways to learn with technology. Here is the wrap-up.

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grade averages
July, 2017

Why Classroom Grade Averages Can be Deceiving

Using grades as a measurement of how students are progressing towards mastery of the standards can be misleading. Uncover how to tell the difference to ensure an accurate representation of student progress using grades.

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March, 2017

Goochland County Public Schools Increases Graduation Rate to 96.7%

The district implemented PowerSchool Analytics in 2012 to easily monitor student subgroups, meet federal objectives, and identify exactly when students started struggling.

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February, 2017

Why practice tests matter

Find out how practice tests help increase student achievement and take a look at a concrete example as well as a success case from a school district in Virginia.

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January, 2017

Student Growth Assessments

Discover the purpose of student growth assessments, how they compare to computer adaptive tests, who makes SGAs, and how they tie to standards of learning.

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December, 2016

How to Build Formative Assessments that Guide Instruction: Elements 7-9

Creating a great assessment is an iterative process that takes considerable effort, skill, and time. Elements four to six of nine essential elements that will help teachers create assessments that’ll produce formative data to guide instruction and compound student success.

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December, 2016

How to Build Formative Assessments that Guide Instruction: Elements 4-6

Creating a great assessment is an iterative process that takes considerable effort, skill, and time. Elements four to six of nine essential elements that will help teachers create assessments that’ll produce formative data to guide instruction and compound student success.

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December, 2016

How to Build Formative Assessments that Guide Instruction: Elements 1-3

Creating a great assessment is an iterative process that takes considerable effort, skill, and time. Elements one to three of nine essential elements that will help teachers create assessments that’ll produce formative data to guide instruction and compound student success.

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summative assessment data
August, 2016

3 Reasons Summative Assessment Data Won’t Improve Student Growth

Summative assessment data arrives too late to make an impact to critical instructional decisions and thus impact student growth. That’s why the practice of using formative and interim assessments is critical for making timely instructional decisions that will improve current instruction.

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July, 2016

16 Guidelines for Writing High-Quality Assessment Items

The following guidelines will assist item writers in their quest to create high-quality items. In addition to these guidelines, standardized state-assessment providers typically have assessment-design rules primarily related to item formatting that are unique to their tests.

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June, 2016

Formative vs. Summative Assessment: What’s the Difference?

Summative testing is not the same as formative assessment. Be clear on what the difference is, and help parents understand the difference using analogies.

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June, 2016

Using Descriptive Feedback as Part of Formative Assessment

Descriptive feedback should highlight gaps in understanding and is part of a bigger picture of formative assessment.

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June, 2016

Six Steps for Rigorous Formative Assessment

Together, teachers and students can create a meaningful road map to increase their academic achievement and success, through designing challenging and realistic learning goals grounded in standards.

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