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Benchmark Goals For Student Success

Benchmark Goals for Student Success

  • April 21, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In order to know if a student is making progress toward specific learning goals, comparison with some type of standard or benchmark of success is needed. The term benchmark is widely used in education to…

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Avoiding Overtesting

Avoiding Overtesting

  • March 23, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Testing is a fact of life in schools. Tests provide a way for teachers to know how students are doing and if the desired learning outcomes were met. For many years, the tests given in…

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The Importance Of Growth Data

The Importance of Growth Data

  • January 30, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In order for teachers to know how their students are doing, they must be able to review student performance data over time. Although there are many types of assessments used in schools, certain ones are…

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Is Catch-Up Growth Possible?

Is Catch-Up Growth Possible?

  • October 13, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Consider this scenario: Molly is a fourth grade student but reads at a first grade level. Her teacher knows that her reading skills are much weaker than her classmates because the school conducts tri-annual universal screenings…

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Benchmarks, Norms, And Expected Student Growth

Benchmarks, Norms, and Expected Student Growth

  • September 1, 2016

By: Kirsten W. Newell, PsyS, NCSP Many teachers are in the process of conducting fall universal screening with all students in their class. Universal screening involves having all of the students in each grade complete assessments showing their current proficiency…

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How To Measure Student Growth With Screening Data

How to Measure Student Growth with Screening Data

  • May 12, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas Measuring student growth can help teachers find out whether students are learning or improving in a particular skill. There are a few questions we need to ask ourselves when we measure student growth. These are important questions…

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