About Isaac Van Wesep

Isaac D. Van Wesep is the CEO of Validated Learning Co.

May 2019

Interview with Marlon Davis, Ed.M.

By |2019-05-08T17:13:37+00:00May 8th, 2019|

In this interview, proven school turnaround leader Marlon Davis, Ed.M. talks about why he got into education, how he became a school leader, and how he leveraged family engagement and student assessment data to turn around two schools before becoming a leadership coach helping other principals and teachers do the same in their schools. Isaac [...]

April 2019

Numbers Matter: a case study in successful data-driven instruction

By |2019-04-24T02:59:34+00:00April 20th, 2019|

Barbara Burke was on a mission to improve her high school students' proficiency scores. 95% of entering 9th graders were behind grade level in English, with similar numbers for math.  The school regularly placed in the bottom 20% for proficiency on North Carolina's state tests. And it struggled with low student engagement, high truancy, low [...]

What Drives Success with Data-Driven Instruction: a Survey of 150 School Leaders

By |2019-04-16T02:21:51+00:00April 15th, 2019|

We surveyed more than 100 school leaders about their data-driven instructional plans. While 64% of respondents described their efforts as successful or very successful, all of them faced a number of challenges. We also asked respondents how they measured success, what their greatest challenges were, their top success factors. Their answers [...]

Reports by Course: Quick Key Reports

By |2019-04-08T23:10:46+00:00April 8th, 2019|

Giving a quiz or test to multiple courses? Want to print a report on each Course separately? Welcome to Reports by Course, the new reports feature from Quick Key. When you teach many courses, or if you are a school or district leader who has shared a Quick Key Quiz to teachers across multiple school [...]

Grade Book Reports from Quick Key

By |2019-04-08T22:39:23+00:00April 8th, 2019|

Grade Book Reports in Quick Key As part of our ongoing quest to help teachers save time and use data from classroom assessments to improve teaching and learning, we are introducing the Grade Book Report. The Grade Book Report shows you all of the assessments you have given to a Course during the semester or [...]

Mini-Case: Classroom Assessment Cadences at Roosevelt Academy

By |2019-04-03T20:28:34+00:00April 3rd, 2019|

How Classroom Assessment Cadences significantly improved student achievement in 1 school year In the fall of 2017, school turnaround specialist principal Desiree Galashaw arrived at Roosevelt Children’s Academy with a mandate to improve the elementary school’s scores on her state's end of year exam in ELA and math. As in all K-12 settings, every day [...]

March 2019

How Kristin Killough Uses Task Cards and Quick Key to Check for Understanding

By |2019-03-28T13:40:15+00:00March 28th, 2019|

Thanks to Kristin Killough for sharing this video on how she uses Quick Key! Keep up the great teaching Kristin! Your students are fortunate to have you! This is Kristin’s 4th year to teach 5th Grade ELA in Texas. She enjoys incorporating technology and other hands on activities into teaching to help engage her students [...]

Classroom Assessment Cadences: what they are and why you should be using them

By |2019-04-02T21:32:11+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Where do we want to be at the end of the school year? As a school leader, you might be inclined to answer this question in an aspirational way, perhaps something like "With all of our students achieving their full potential." But there is another way to frame an answer to this question, such as "With [...]

February 2019

Why you need an app for digital entry and exit tickets

By |2019-02-20T16:28:32+00:00February 20th, 2019|

by Marlon Davis, Ed.M. Why you need an app for Entry and Exit Tickets. Grading your Exit and Entry Tickets using some kind of digital grader not only saves you a TON of time, it gives you actionable data that is far more useful than written responses that you have to remember or write down [...]

5 reasons you should start using Data Driven Entry & Exit Tickets today

By |2019-02-20T18:08:53+00:00February 20th, 2019|

by Marlon Davis, Ed.M. Exit Tickets and Entry Tickets and why you should use them Entry and exit tickets are perhaps the easiest and straightforward way to get the benefits of data for informing and differentiating instruction. Put simply, Entry and Exit tickets are short prompts that can provide instructors and students with a quick [...]