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.

What is differentiated instruction?

What is differentiated instruction? Differentiated instruction is a teaching strategy which uses different teaching methods for each student, depending on their needs and interests. It can be used with any subject. Differentiated instruction has been around for decades, but its effectiveness has proven elusive to quantify. The promise is sound, but like any

By |2022-05-05T22:23:29+00:00May 4th, 2022|Assessment, 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 |2022-04-22T17:20:22+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Assessment, 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 |2022-03-07T22:34:42+00:00March 5th, 2022|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Education in the Metaverse

The bane of many parents' existence is digital gaming, which seduces and captivates children when they should be working on their homework instead. The online games market alone is expect to reach $275 billion by 2026 according to EMR. But market researchers are forecasting an even bigger market for online learning, based partly on

By |2022-03-02T22:06:28+00:00February 26th, 2022|Assessment, Education Reform, Instruction|0 Comments

Tackle Learning Loss with Assessment Best Practices

Whether you are a seasoned Let’s Go Learn user or a brand new user, you should have as many implementation ideas as possible at your fingertips throughout the school year to address learning loss. Having a solid plan in place will help keep you on target. What are your initiatives (district-wide, school-wide, grade-level, etc.)?  Do

By |2022-01-11T04:59:49+00:00January 11th, 2022|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Key Education Assessment Reports

It’s undeniable that technology has made an impact on education, especially during a year filled with distance and hybrid learning. Increased access to technology can be just as overwhelming as it is helpful. Different platforms offer different content, assessments, and reports. As educators and administrators, we’re always looking for the best data to help

By |2022-01-07T19:02:46+00:00January 5th, 2022|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading|0 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
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