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Assessment Literacy: Understanding Student Data

  • August 1, 2016

By: Jessie Kember Assessment is the process of collecting data and information about specific knowledge and/or skills. In schools, an assessment can serve many purposes, including identifying students who might need intervention, improving instruction, or monitoring a student’s progress. Most…

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Communicating with Parents about Student Data

  • July 26, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP With the recent increase in assessments used in schools, parents often have questions about how their children are doing.  Often, the test reports created for teachers and administrators are not appropriate for parents. Still, schools need…

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Truth Telling in Education

  • November 19, 2015

By: Dr. Peter M. Nelson—Penn State University College of Education Truth-telling is a topic that is frequently visited in research. Without too much effort, one can find a handful of researchers who fall short of the bar for honesty each year.…

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Assessment Literacy: A Priority for All

  • October 22, 2015

By: Dr. Peter M. Nelson—Penn State University College of Education Testing is not a new concept in education—we’ve used tests in some form since children were first crowded into single room schoolhouses. Yet it’s difficult to ignore the increasingly prominent…

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