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 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.

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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 |2022-08-31T23:55:50+00:00January 5th, 2022|Math Assessment|0 Comments

Dyscalculia Intervention: Definition and Treatment for Students Who Struggle with Math

Introduction Do you have students who do well in most content areas but struggle to learn arithmetic operations and their representative signs? Or perhaps they have difficulty matching a number to the word that represents the number. Your students may have dyscalculia, a learning difference that impacts a learner’s basic math skills and

By |2022-09-01T00:06:56+00:00November 4th, 2021|Math 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 |2022-08-15T21:02:45+00:00September 9th, 2021|Math Assessment|0 Comments

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 |2022-09-01T23:30:46+00:00July 14th, 2021|Math Assessment|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 |2022-09-01T00:20:06+00:00April 27th, 2021|Math Assessment|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 |2022-09-01T00:27:38+00:00April 5th, 2021|Math Assessment|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 |2022-08-15T21:21:26+00:00March 29th, 2021|Math Assessment|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 |2022-09-01T00:51:04+00:00September 4th, 2020|Math Assessment|0 Comments

What is Diagnostic Assessment Anyway?

When you are trying to discover exactly how a student is doing, a good diagnostic assessment will give granular information across many different skills and subskills, so that a personalized plan can be created. What is a diagnostic assessment, and how does it differ from other types of assessments such as formative or

By |2022-09-01T22:17:36+00:00March 25th, 2020|Math Assessment|0 Comments
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