Formative Assessment

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What It Is and What Classroom & Schoolwide Practices Ensure Its Success For the next three blogs I am going to focus on formative assessment. Why this focus? Simple. A significant body of research has concluded that student-learning gains garnered by classroom formative assessment practices were among the largest ever reported for educational interventions (e.g., Black and Wiliam, 1998). So, what exactly is formative assessment, how does it benefit what goes on in the classroom, what are its attributes, and what classroom- and schoolwide practices need to be in place to … Read More

Naiku Community on Edmodo

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We’re pleased to announce that Naiku now has an Edmodo Community. For those who are not yet using Edmodo in the classroom, it is a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students, and schools. Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades, and school notices. We’re excited to expand the Naiku community over to Edmodo. Now, Naiku users will be able to connect and share formative assessment ideas and best practices … Read More

eSchoolNews – Readers’ Choice Awards

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We are thrilled to have been named an eSchool News Readers’ Choice Honorable Mention!  We really want to thank everyone who nominated us. Awards like this one mean a lot.  We are grateful for customers who take time from their busy day and mention us to their peers and others. Thank You! You can see the full list of winners on the eSchoolNews website, and you can see Naiku on the PDF version of the awards (gently tucked-away with the rest of the Honorable Mentions on the last page). Tweet

Co-Active Leadership

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The Essential Ingredient for Creating a Balanced Assessment System The creation of a district- and schoolwide balanced assessment system requires change.  And here, I’m not really talking about tinkering around the edges, making incremental adjustments. I’m talking about changing relationships—significantly changing the way superintendents, principals, lead teachers, teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community relate and work together. To create and successfully enact a balanced assessment system, to pull it off, everyone will need to transform the way they think about schooling, their respective roles in schools, and the notion … Read More

Three Levels of Assessment

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Questions to Ask at Each In the previous Blog, I attempted to go inside the classroom and look at using assessment practices that promote student learning—assessment for learning. I’d like to take a step back and look at the balanced assessment system, this time at the three levels of assessment, the information about student learning we can glean from each level, and at how we can best use the information from each level. Educators make all kinds of important decisions based on the information they get from a variety of … Read More

Knowing What Students Know

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Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning and Enhance Classroom Instruction In the previous Blog, I talked about creating and sustaining a balanced assessment system—i.e., different ways to assess, balancing assessment types, and conditions and practices that need to be in place in order to implement and sustain a balanced assessment system. This week, I want to go inside the classroom and talk about things that teachers can do to gather information about student learning and to better understand and support this learning.  Here, I’m talking about knowing what each student … Read More

A Balanced Assessment System

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Creating, Implementing, and Sustaining Effective Assessment Practices As a society, we’ve shifted the thinking about schools from places where it’s OK for some students to succeed and some to fail to places where the expectation is for all students to succeed. With this shift, the role of assessment has changed from separating successful and unsuccessful students to becoming a set of educational practices that support the learning of all students (Stiggins, 2008). What are these assessment practices and how can they be used to most effectively support learning? In the broadest sense, … Read More

Professional Development

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Creating & Sustaining Effective Classroom Assessment Practices If you are trying to decide where to send your child to school, your best bet might be to focus on which teacher(s) your child gets rather than on which school. Why? The vast majority of studies that have examined the classroom teacher’s impact on student learning have come to a simple conclusion: Out of all aspects of schooling, the teacher has the most positive impact on student learning (for a review of several studies, see Nye, Konstantopoulos, & Hedges, 2004). In addition to … Read More

Key Assessment Terms

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I’ve written about reliability, point-biserial correlation, metacognition, and other assessment terms and topics. Yet, I’ve failed to provide a definition (at least a glossary) of these key assessment terms and other terms found on the Naiku website and application. Well, it’s time to rectify that short-coming. I’ve now included a glossary of key assessment terms. You can find this glossary under Reference Sources on our homepage. You can also click here to go directly to the glossary.   Tweet

Reflection on the MASA Conference

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Last week, I attended the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) Fall Conference up in Duluth, Minnesota. The weather could not have been more perfect. We started the conference with a golf tournament to benefit the MASA Foundation. It was a great afternoon of golf to benefit a great foundation. One of the highlights of the conference was the opening keynote address by Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center … Read More

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