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AB 484 and How Let’s Go Learn Can Help You Measure Student Progress Now!

AB 484 is designed to help California prepare for the Common Core by switching out STAR testing for new Common Core assessments: Measures of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP). But MAPP tests are not ready for prime time and you need data this year to create a classroom that meets individual needs. Not to worry. You can use our diagnostic assessments -- aligned to the Common Core -- this year and next and the year after to prepare your students for the Common Core and measure their academic progress for college and career.
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How can my district prepare for the new Common Core State Standards online test?

Last weekend I presented at the California Math Council conference in Asilomar, California, and a month earlier at the council’s Palms Spring conference. I presented on the technology implications of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) state test. I defined “adaptive assessment” for the audience and discussed the logistics of online testing, and we had a super discussion on the entire topic.
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Why Doesn’t my Child Have Phonemic Awareness Skills?

While practicing word play with my son, I became aware that he was lacking some phonemic awareness skills, in particular the ability to segment sounds in a word. The National Reading Panel reports that instructing children in how to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds in language (phonemes) improves their ability to read, comprehend what they are reading, and spell.
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Help Them Prepare but Let Them Perform: A Striking Realization

I am a helicopter parent, and I am not alone. Lisa Belkin, a blogger for the New York Times, admits to many of the same tendencies I exhibit. This school year I am determined to let go of the reins a little. I want to do my best to help my children prepare for their academic careers as well as the social challenges they will face while at the same time encouraging them to strike out on their own a bit.
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