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.

Boost Social-Emotional Learning with Let’s Go Learn

Introduction The ultimate goal of our educational system is to provide students with equitable school experiences that integrate academics, positive behavior, and community collaboration. But just a quick look at the graphic below from 2019 NASBE survey findings illustrates the conundrum that all teachers face – too many priorities and too little time

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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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 |2022-06-08T19:37:44+00:00January 11th, 2022|Math Assessment, Reading Assessment|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 |2022-06-08T19:38:24+00:00January 5th, 2022|Math Assessment, Reading 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 |2022-06-08T19:39:41+00:00November 4th, 2021|Math Assessment, Math Curriculum, Uncategorized|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 |2022-06-08T19:49:32+00:00September 30th, 2021|Math Assessment, Reading Assessment|0 Comments

How Diagnostic Data Can Be Used to Help Prepare Students for State Testing

Help your students use their data to build confidence It’s that time of the year again! Students all over the country are anticipating their state tests. Some are busy sharpening their #2 pencils, while others are charging their laptops to prepare for testing online for the very first time. Whether your students have a

By |2022-06-08T19:50:17+00:00September 11th, 2021|Math Assessment, Reading 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,

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

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 |2022-06-08T19:52:32+00:00May 26th, 2021|Math Assessment, Reading Assessment|0 Comments
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