Increasing Teaching and Learning through Interim Benchmark Assessments

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Benchmark assessments occupy an important space between frequent formative assessment and end-of-year summative assessment in a balanced assessment process. In Maximizing Benchmark Assessments: Increasing Student Achievement and Success, Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong outlines the benefits of and keys to successful interim benchmark assessments and provides guidance on how to optimize student learning from benchmark assessments within a balanced assessment process. Tweet

I am Naiku: Sara Ames

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Sara Ames, Grade 7 Science Teacher at Mahone Middle School in Kenosha, WI, uses Naiku for summative and formative assessments. See how Naiku has impacted her teacher and her students’ learning. Read More

I Am Naiku: Fr. Augustine Tran

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Fr. Augustine Tran, Theology Teacher at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell GA started teaching in 2004. He enjoys working with high school students, sharing his knowledge, and seeing “light-bulb”s of off in their heads as they start to understand material. Fr. Tran uses Naiku exclusively for his assessments which contain multiple-choice, essay, short-answer constructed response, and matching items. His assessment practice has changed since he started using Naiku. “I think I give more short daily assessments to make sure the students are staying on top of the material instead of waiting until the test to cram. It only takes a few minutes to make a short assessment in Naiku and have it read for students to take,” said Fr. Tran. Read More

I am Naiku: Daniel Roethe

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Daniel Roethe, Instructional Technology Teacher (ITT) at Mahone Middle School at Kenosha Unified School District started teaching in 2002. He has taught Social Studies and English Language Arts. Roethe has been an ITT for the past three years. In his current role, he introduces new technologies to teachers and supports their use of the new technology to improve teacher instruction and student learning. Roethe has been instrumental in the use of Naiku for common formative and summative assessments at Mahone Middle School. Read More

We Are Naiku: Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

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Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. In 2015 the school implemented a 1:1 Chromebook program. With the school-wide rollout of the new technology, the school leadership team desired to find an online assessment platform for its teachers and students. Read More

I am Naiku: Tabitha Savage

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Tabitha Savage has 11 years of service to Putnam County Schools. She began as a general education elementary teacher. She current serves as the Math Specialist for the district, serving all K-8 schools. She led the transition and transformation of her district’s benchmark and classroom assessment practice. “With Naiku, we have successfully transitioned our Grade 2-8 benchmark assessments on-line. Teachers and student receive results quickly. Read More

We Are Naiku: KUSD

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Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) is a large district serving over 22,000 students in Kenosha and the surrounding areas. The 3rd largest district in Wisconsin, KUSD has a mission to provide excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare each student for success. With a vision to be Wisconsin’s top performing urban school district, the district and building leadership team have fostered and nurtured vibrant Professional Learning Communities (PLC) across the district. Read More

I am Naiku: Travis Cerling

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Travis Cerling started teaching high school science in 1997. He switched to middle school science in 2000. For the past three and a half years, Cerling has been the middle school science coach for the district. “As a science coach, I find new tools, new ways to teach, and share those ideas and tools with the team. I also teach two sciences courses,” shared Cerling. “It really is the best of both worlds. I work with teachers, and still get to be in the classroom with students.” Working with fellow science coach Shannon Lee and the science teachers across the district, Cerling has been instrumental in the effective implementation of common formative assessments at the district’s six middle schools. Read More

We Are Naiku: ISD196

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Independent School District (196), also known as Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan Public Schools, is a large district serving a 110 square mile area in the south Twin Cities metropolitan area. Since January 2014, the district has effectively implemented common formative assessments at the secondary schools. Read More

I am Naiku: Emily Hill

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Emily Hill is a licensed 6-12 Language Arts teacher. She started her teaching career at a high school before switching to 8th grade language arts. After 11 years in the classroom, Hill now serves as the Technology Integration Coach in both the middle school and high school in Clear Lake. Throughout her teaching career, Hill teamed up with other teachers to create meaningful assignments and projects for students. Read More

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