April 2019

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 [...]

March 2018

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom

By |2018-03-11T14:54:59+00:00March 11th, 2018|

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom by Melody K. Gerard Let me tell you a story. Picture it. Sicily. 1922. Classes were 90 minutes long. Formative assessments were taken once every six weeks. Summative assessments were once a year. Test scores were always a surprise. If you [...]

March 2017

How to tag Questions with Bloom’s Taxonomy in Quick Key

By |2018-10-11T19:38:31+00:00March 1st, 2017|

It is easy to track student performance along a Bloom's Taxonomy axis using Quick Key. Quick Key's Advanced Quiz Builder isn't just for making rich question items, adding images, or making gridded response questions. It's also where you can tag your question with anything you want, from standards codes to Bloom's Taxonomy categories. Once you [...]

August 2016

Formative Assessment Tools that Truly Inform Instruction

By |2016-08-26T15:51:39+00:00August 26th, 2016|

Is Assessment for Learning any different from testing? Yes indeed! According to the National Council of Teachers of English, "Well over a decade into federal education policy that endows significant consequences to single tests of student achievement too late in the academic year to lead to any action, teachers might be pleased that the term “formative [...]