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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How Benchmark Assessments Support an RTI Framework

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 7, 2016 7:29:06 PM


When you arrive to school each morning, you know that your success lies in the success of your students. The daunting goal of every teacher is to provide students with instruction that targets their unique needs. 

Support Starts with Benchmarking

A Response to Intervention (RTI) framework designed to pinpoint which students need intervention during the learning process – instead of waiting for a student to fail and fall further behind – is essential.

Benchmarking an entire class – at the beginning, middle, and end of the year – aids in identifying students who are performing at grade level, which students need extra support and why, and where and what kind of instruction is needed. From there, an RTI framework is effective at strategically delivering targeted instruction to help advance struggling students.

With a multi-tiered system of support, teachers can provide better intervention and instruction to more effectively match students’ needs and improve student performance.


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4 Ways Student Data Can Inform Instruction

Posted by Maurya Buchanan on Sep 1, 2016 9:38:30 AM


Classrooms are busy places filled with students who require varying levels of support. Teachers are constantly striving to provide students with the most effective differentiated instruction, exactly when they need it.

With limited resources and time, though, it’s not always possible for teachers to spend time, one-on-one, with each student to pinpoint his or her strengths and weaknesses with each lesson and skill. This struggle has led to a shift in the educational landscape toward data-centric systems. Data-gathering and analysis tools enable teachers to make their instruction even more efficient and accurate.

Let’s discuss four paramount ways you and your team of educators can use student data to effectively inform instruction.

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Dynamic Student Performance Targets

Posted by John Bielinski on Aug 30, 2016 2:23:07 PM


Does your current assessment system allow school administrators the flexibility to define performance targets that meet each school's specific needs? Is it research-based and accurate? Can you track the progress of classrooms, grades, or user defined groups toward annual performance targets? Are teachers in your district able to see, at a glance, who is on track to meet the performance target?

The new aimswebPlus has a dynamic performance target setting and tier reporting system that allows you to answer YES to each of these questions. And do much more.

In the upcoming Webinar, Dynamic Student Performance Targets: How to Use Them for Resource Planning and Maximizing Achievement Growth on September 8th, I will describe aimswebPlus' approach to setting performance targets, illustrate how those targets drive the instructional tiering system, and show how to use tier reports to monitor progress and evaluate programs.


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