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.

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 |2022-08-15T20:58:11+00:00January 11th, 2022|Reading Assessment|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 |2022-08-15T21:01:03+00:00September 30th, 2021|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 |2022-09-01T00:08:54+00:00September 11th, 2021|Reading Assessment|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 |2022-09-01T00:15:20+00:00May 26th, 2021|Reading 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

By |2022-08-15T21:06:27+00:00May 21st, 2021|Reading Assessment|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 |2022-09-01T00:22:03+00:00April 27th, 2021|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

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 |2022-08-15T21:23:58+00:00March 17th, 2021|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

What is the Zone of Proximal Development?

Efforts to find the best way to teach students involve many personalized learning strategies. One such strategy is to determine the “zone of proximal development.” The zone of proximal development is the sweet spot for personalized learning, where the subjects and rigor are ideally suited to an individual student’s optimal learning. Ideally, this is the

By |2022-09-01T20:22:22+00:00August 25th, 2020|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

Free Video Course Introducing Reading Theory

Reading is a complex process, Dr. McCallum explains. In an informative half hour lecture suitable for any adult audience, Dr. Richard McCallum from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, provides an introduction to reading theory. For parents or guardians helping a child to read at home, a video

By |2022-09-01T21:39:22+00:00April 15th, 2020|Reading Assessment|2 Comments
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