About Richard Capone

Richard Capone co-founded Let’s Go Learn in 2000. Let’s Go Learn is a pioneer in adaptive and diagnostic assessments. Capone is the chief technology officer and current CEO at Let’s Go Learn. He led the development teams in creating DORA and ADAM, assessments used by special education departments as well as general school administrators and teachers to support student achievement through powerful granular data. Today, Let’s Go Learn is used in all 50 states as well as internationally. Its solutions include assessment and online instruction that meet the needs of Generation Four educational assessments.

Why Many K-12 Schools and Districts are Failing in Mathematics and How We Can Make a Course Correction

Nationally, student K-12 math scores have been at an all-time low as measured by state accountability testing.  Much of this started ten to twelve years ago, when state standards were updated to become more rigorous.  Math was rightfully expanded to include not just basic numeracy (arithmetics) but also the application of mathematics in the

By |2022-09-01T23:51:42+00:00July 28th, 2022|Education Reform|0 Comments

Opinion: Florida Needs Paradigm Shift in State Testing

By Richard Capone, CEO/Co-Founder of Let’s Go Learn, Inc. Florida announced on March 15, 2022 that it is dropping FSA, its end-of-year state test, and replacing it with three shorter progress assessments to be given in the fall, winter, and spring of each year. It is the first state to recognize that high-stakes testing has indeed

By |2022-09-02T00:17:38+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Education Reform|0 Comments

What is computer-adaptive testing in education?

When a test is not using a fixed form or fixed set of questions but instead adjusts based on input from the test-taker, it is computer-adaptive. The idea is that the questions change based on the students’ responses as they are taking the test. In practice, there are many different types of computer-adaptive tests.

By |2022-08-15T20:55:50+00:00March 5th, 2022|Math Assessment|0 Comments

How the Misuse of Assessments Can Hinder Student Achievement

Having worked in test development for over two decades, I’ve seen educational testing dramatically evolve over the years.  This evolution has occurred not only in the use of technology to assess students, but also in people’s understanding of what testing is all about.  I am happy to say that this understanding of testing by

By |2022-09-01T00:15:20+00:00May 26th, 2021|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

Advancing Response to Intervention (RtI)

This article assumes that you already understand the basic tenets of Response to Intervention (RtI) and will focus on how RtI can be improved and evolved to better meet the needs of students, as well as fit the technologies and conditions in today’s classrooms and districts.   If you need a refresher on RtI,

By |2022-09-02T01:15:53+00:00January 5th, 2021|Special Education|2 Comments

Understanding Standards-Based Testing, Its Limitations, and Its Impact on Equity

By Richard Capone, Let’s Go Learn, Inc. Standards-based testing in the classroom has been the de facto method for K-12 educational testing.  State standards set the target for teachers to teach towards and students to work towards.  Administrators use interim assessments, sometimes by the states themselves, or some other benchmark test for quarterly evaluations

By |2022-09-01T00:51:04+00:00September 4th, 2020|Math Assessment|0 Comments
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