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Understand the Benchmark Assessment Cycle

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Mar 22, 2017 12:58:49 PM

Discover the aimswebPlus Assessment Cycle

As your district prepares students to achieve their end-of-year goals, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the preparation tools available. Students in need of additional support require frequent monitoring, while other students benefit from a few benchmarking assessments—or screeningsthroughout the school year. What schedule and tools should you use to meet every student’s needs while running an efficient classroom?

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What the Reports Told Us To Do For Olivia

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Mar 21, 2017 8:48:00 AM

 In September we started this journey with Olivia and her teacher, Mrs. Fletcher, who is charting Olivia's progress throughout the school year. For those who might have missed it you can find the first blog article here. This month Mrs. Fletcher looks at the Snapshot Reports and recounts how she, the parents, and Olivia achieved the progress they made.

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Olivia's Parent's Day Reading Performance

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Jan 30, 2017 5:52:28 PM

 

In September we started this journey with Olivia and her teacher, Mrs. Fletcher, who is charting Olivia's progress throughout the school year. For those who might have missed it you can find the first blog article here. This month Mrs. Fletcher dives into Olivia's report from the Winter Benchmark. The Winter Benchmark is a battery of three tests—Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Oral Reading Fluencythat give Mrs. Fletcher the data needed to better understand where to focus next with this budding duck scholar.

While Olivia isn't the name of an actual child we are tracking, her story represents the students throughout the United States who are helped by aimsweb each year.

Please feel free to share your own story below.

- Maurya Buchanan, Pearson

 

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The Good News About Olivia

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Dec 7, 2016 11:58:46 AM

In September we started this journey with Olivia and her teacher, Mrs. Fletcher, who is charting Olivia's progress throughout the school year. For those who might have missed it you can find the first blog article here. This month Mrs. Fletcher sees progress, but knows there is still plenty of work to be done. While Olivia isn't the name of an actual child we are tracking, her story represents the students throughout the United States who are helped by aimsweb each year.

Please feel free to share your own story below.

- Maurya Buchanan, Pearson

 

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Charting Olivia's Progress

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Oct 27, 2016 4:55:13 PM

 

Last month we started this journey, following Olivia's progress throughout the school year. For those who might have missed it you can find the first blog article here. And while Olivia isn't the name of an actual child we can track, she does represent the hundreds of thousands of students who are helped by aimsweb each year.

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The Trouble with Ducks

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 29, 2016 11:54:18 AM

 

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How Powerful Data Helps One School District Drive Student Achievement Year After Year [Case Study]

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 22, 2016 12:53:47 PM

 

Student achievement is paramount to every school district across the country, and many are turning to assessment data to drive improved student performance.

The challenge that many districts face, however, is finding a robust data-centric assessment system that meets their unique needs and delivers reliable, timely, and easy-to-understand information.

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Six Qualities Your Benchmarking Assessment Tool Should Have

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 22, 2016 9:03:11 AM

 

How does your district plan to assess student performance this school year?

As more evidence mounts and proves the power and effectiveness of benchmarking and progress monitoring tools, you may be in search of a tool that can help your educators inform instruction through rich, reliable student performance data.

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How do you measure Silent Reading Fluency (SRF) in the classroom?

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 13, 2016 9:48:44 AM

 

This post is part II of our discussion on silent reading fluency. Be sure to read part I: Why is Silent Reading Fluency (SRF) Important?

Assessing a student’s reading fluency has largely been achieved through oral reading fluency (ORF) measures. The number of words a student can read correctly in one minute supplies educators with a student’s oral reading rate – a number that can be captured quickly and has proved to be highly reliable and sensitive to growth, according to Principal Research Scientist for Pearson Assessments Dr. Mark Daniel.1

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Why is Silent Reading Fluency (SRF) Important?

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 12, 2016 11:06:38 AM

 

Reading is a complex intellectual process that encompasses immense benefits. In the early stages of a child’s academic years, reading is one of the most important skills to learn. Reading helps a student communicate with others, discover and learn new things, complete day-to-day tasks, comprehend and retain what he or she is learning, master a language, generate new ideas, and form intellectual thoughts. 

Dr. Timothy Rasinski, professor of literacy education at Kent State University, notes in the forward to Teaching Stamina & Silent Reading in the Digital-Global Age (E.H. Hiebert, 2015) that reading fluency has been taught and assessed primarily through methods of oral reading – often for speed and for very short periods of time – making it the predominant form of reading in many primary and intermediate classrooms across the country.1

While oral reading is proven to be beneficial to students, Dr. Rasinski argues that it should not be the only form of reading that students engage with and the only method that educators use to assess reading fluency.1

 

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