Assessment

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.

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

Why Add Our Diagnostic Assessments to State Testing?

“If schools do not take action, experts warn, the career opportunity gaps that already exist will grow even wider.” Standardized Assessments Again Required  After a one-year hiatus, the Department of Education’s Ian Rosenblum announced on February 22nd that all states must use standardized assessments “to help target resources and support to the students

By |2021-03-29T23:01:07+00:00March 29th, 2021|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading|1 Comment

The Crucial Elements of Faithful Data

Did you know, in 2008 researchers estimated that the number of data bits surpassed the estimated number of stars in the universe? Since that finding, data has grown by a factor of 10 every five years. With greater amounts of raw data, educators have the opportunity to improve their use of data in their RtI/MTSS implementations

By |2021-03-17T19:34:53+00:00March 17th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

How to Solve for Learning Loss — What Does the Evidence Say?

You don’t need to consult the myriad statistical reports during COVID-19 to know that most students have suffered a learning loss. And students who entered the pandemic below grade level have of course suffered most. How can teachers and learners recover? First, let’s look at the phrase itself. In a recent article in Ed

By |2021-07-21T20:36:08+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Special Educators: It’s Time to be Proactive with Compensatory Education and ESY

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every facet of the educational enterprise.  Arguably, the most negatively affected are those who are most vulnerable: special education students.  It has been widely reported that the shuttering of many schools in the spring and fall of 2020 has likely harmed students’ academic performance significantly.  In special education,

By |2021-02-12T21:42:22+00:00February 10th, 2021|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading, Special Education|2 Comments

Advancing Response to Intervention for 2021 and Beyond

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 |2021-01-07T16:15:21+00:00January 5th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|1 Comment

12 Ways to Avoid Holiday Learning Loss

With chestnuts roasting on the fire, and the eyes of tiny tots all aglow, the winter holidays bring a much needed respite from the rigors of school, especially in 2020. But according to the US Department of Education, the holiday break can also result in the “opportunity for significant learning loss.” Learning loss is

By |2020-12-23T23:38:15+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Finding Help With IEPs This Fall

While many students navigate their schools’ online learning environments without difficulty, students who receive special education may find the task daunting. Some special needs students have trouble logging into online learning programs, finding their teacher's face on the screen, knowing when to speak and when to listen, or sitting in front of a computer

The Challenges of Virtual Learning

After speaking to many teachers it’s clear that teachers are trying to make virtual learning work, despite the tremendous challenges. In addition to the usual curriculum tweaks each year, teachers and administrators must contend with a variety of virtual learning challenges, including disparate parent expectations, enrollment challenges, educational equity for all students, internet access

By |2020-10-03T02:43:45+00:00October 3rd, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 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 |2020-11-06T23:14:14+00:00September 4th, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments