Premier educators such as Dr. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Driven By Data 2.0: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction) and Dr. John Hattie (Visible Learning) promote the use of data in enhancing instruction and student learning. In this linked white paper, Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong discusses these techniques and showcases how to implement them using Naiku.
Visible Learning is an excellent resource illustrating the effectiveness of student-centered learning which Naiku wholeheartedly supports. In Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers, Dr. John Hattie (2009, 2012) synthesizes research studies involving hundreds of millions of students to show the effectiveness of different approaches to improve learning. Dr. Hattie found that student-centered learning strategies have the highest impact on learning. In particular, he found that strategies that help make student learning visible for the teacher are most effective. Because of that, Naiku allows teachers to transform the assessment experience into a learning … Read More
Naiku provides over 50 ACT Quick Checks for teachers to use for student progress monitoring in all ACT test subjects. ACT Quick Checks are short, topic-focused, formative assessments; typically 6-12 questions in length. Each Quick Check contains questions from a single topic, such as Math-Functions, so teachers can use to easily monitor progress between benchmark assessments. There are multiple Quick Checks for each topic area so teachers may continue to monitor progress through the year. These ready-to-use assessments are available in all school site subscriptions within the ACT Practice Tests … Read More
Naiku announced today a partnership with Horizon Education to integrate and offer Horizon’s suite of independently developed ACT/Pre-ACT & SAT/PSAT assessments within Naiku assessment software. Please view or download the complete announcement below.
Naiku now offers teachers additional resources for ACT prep to use with their students; resources include 15 officially released, timed ACT section tests, dozens of smaller, sub-section progress check formative assessments, and an ACT curriculum map loaded with ACT section and subsection standards associated with instructional resources. Through Naiku teachers can administer these assessments to their class, school, or district and quickly measure and view student performance by ACT standard. Progress checks can be used to quickly assess student proficiency on specific areas, and students can use the instructional resources … Read More
AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is a non-profit that helps thousands of schools shift to a more equitable and student-centered approach. Naiku is a student-centric assessment solution that helps turn assessment into a learning experience where students are more engaged and take more ownership over their own learning. This article highlights 6 ways that teachers can use Naiku in an AVID school.
Valid student assessment data is a key component of teacher data-driven instruction, teacher collaboration in successful PLC teams, and school/district educational decision making. Student cheating can adversely affect the quality of assessment data and can be a concern anytime, and particularly in remote learning environments. This white paper offers tips and strategies to minimize student cheating and increase the integrity of assessment data.
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.
Desmos calculators are now integrated with Naiku digital assessment software for schools to use with their students. Available options include a four function calculator, scientific calculator, and a graphing calculator. These calculators, like other student tools available in Naiku, can be optionally provided to students on a per question basis as a student aid in test-taking. Desmos calculators are also used in many state assessments, so students can use the same tool on tests in Naiku as they do on their state test.
A suite of released ACT tests are now available for educators to use in Naiku. All complete tests are segmented into individual timed section tests (Reading, Math, etc) for easy test administration. All question items are coded to ACT section and subsection; in combination with the automatic scoring and standards-aligned reporting in Naiku, teachers and administrators can easily measure and track proficiency for students, classes, schools, and the district.