There are many kinds of assessment used in education to evaluate student learning, identify strengths and challenges, and aid in lesson planning, and they often take the form of online tools. Three common types of assessment, diagnostic, formative, and summative, are frequently used with K12 students to allow teachers and other educators to make decisions about placement, advancement, curriculum decisions, grades, and funding. Diagnostic assessments help educators develop a zone of proximal development (ZPD), by understanding why a student is struggling or excelling in a particular skill. Formative assessments give educators a snapshot of a students’s progress at a given time, and summative assessments help educators see where how a student is performing relative to other students at a point in time.  The goal of all assessment is to improve student learning. Assessments allow educators to personalize instruction by adapting a curriculum to the ZPD of the individual student.

On this page, Let’s Go Learn and its partners provide a library of blog articles to introduce and explain educational assessments to everyone from professional educators and teachers, to tutors and homeschool parents. We welcome your comments.

Summative vs Formative or Diagnostic Assessments

There are many kinds of assessment used in education to evaluate student learning, identify strengths and challenges, and aid in lesson planning, and they often take the form of online tools. This article will explore the strengths and weaknesses of some of these key methods of evaluation. What are summative assessments?

By |2021-10-04T23:46:44+00:00September 30th, 2021|Assessment|0 Comments

10 Strategies to Help Schools Restart

The reopening of schools this fall will be a challenge that may continue throughout the entire school year. Here are 10 evidenced-based strategies to help guide you through this stage. Review these strategies and adjust them for your particular needs. Then share them with your principals and/or site leaders. They will help accelerate learning,

By |2021-09-09T01:22:22+00:00September 9th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

3 Keys to Successful Professional Development with Let’s Go Learn

By Christina Barragan and Onowa Bjella, M.Ed Determine how Let’s Go Learn fits into school and district initiatives Let’s Go Learn will support you with your district initiatives with real-time reports, granular data, and personalized learning. Your data will be stored year over year so that you can easily monitor progress towards

Formative Assessments Best Practices

By Alicia Atkinson, M.Ed, and Onowa Bjella, M.Ed Formative assessments area an important part of the assessment/instruction cycle, and there are many best practices which help make their use run smoother. First, what are formative assessments? The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used

By |2021-07-14T03:09:44+00:00July 14th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction|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 |2021-09-15T22:14:52+00:00May 26th, 2021|Assessment|0 Comments

Let’s Go Learn Launches the First Stand-Alone Online Digital Dyslexia Screener

What is the best dyslexia screener? Let’s Go Learn is proud to announce a groundbreaking online digital screener for dyslexia as our contribution to accelerating progress for struggling readers impacted by the COVID pandemic. According to Martinelli of the Child Mind Institute, “It is estimated that as many as one in five kids has

By |2021-07-29T19:37:12+00:00May 21st, 2021|Assessment, Reading|0 Comments

Proactively Using End of Year Data

The end of the school year can be a hectic time. As teachers finish their last lessons, complete end-of-year assessments, and pack up their classrooms, there usually isn’t much time to think about the following school year. However, taking time to analyze end-of-year data and use it to plan proactively for the next year

By |2021-04-28T18:55:48+00:00April 27th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics|0 Comments

Best Practices for Remote Testing

By Onowa Bjella, M.Ed, and Alicia Atkinson, M.Ed, Let's Go Learn Customer Success Specialists We understand how important it is to be able to switch seamlessly between remote and in-person learning to support students, families, and teachers throughout the school year. Let’s Go Learn offers the opportunity to use data to drive instruction, reach

By |2021-04-28T20:38:00+00:00April 27th, 2021|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

10 Tips for a Successful Summer School Program

Virtually all schools today are considering summer school options, in particular to help compensate for the learning loss and lack of social engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have already committed to a program, and hope that vaccination rates will allow significantly more in-person interaction this summer. Here, the Let's Go Learn CSS (Customer

By |2021-04-21T18:04:45+00:00April 20th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

How to Quickly Close the Math Gap: Ideas for Summer School and Quick Intervention

Let’s face it: we know that our students’ education suffered this past year due to school closures, experimental hybrid models, little to no peer interaction, and insufficient time for gap filling and remediation.  But did you know that math is usually the subject that suffers the most each year, and all the more so

By |2021-04-06T01:23:29+00:00April 5th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics|0 Comments
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