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Understanding Student Growth Data

  • May 4, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recently, FastBridge Learning updated the Group Growth Report to include more information about how much growth students have made during a school year. This topic is often important as the school year winds down in…

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Understanding Norms

  • May 1, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For an assessment to be helpful, it needs a basis for comparison. This is true whether the assessment is school-based or related to other aspects of life. For example, health care providers routinely measure blood…

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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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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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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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What is Benchmarking? And Why Should We Do It?

  • November 5, 2015

By: Yvette Aranas One important part of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is benchmarking. This involves screening all students as early as possible to find unrecognized problems and identify students who are not meeting performance expectations. A common screening practice that…

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