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Category Archives: Using Data
This has been a particularly challenging year in our field. As teachers and school leaders continue to wrestle with how best to prepare students to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, I would like to humbly submit some professional … Continue reading
I will present “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” at the Eatontown Barnes & Noble in the Monmouth Mall on Tuesday, April 14, from 6:00-7:30pm. There is no charge, and participants will earn professional development hours. To sign up, please click … Continue reading
As we approach the PARCC Assessment starting line, many schools are conducting dry runs with practice tests to troubleshoot in advance. Based on research and discussions in the field, here are some tips that may be helpful when you administer … Continue reading
I am pleased to report that I will present a workshop on “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” at the NJ Charter Schools Annual Conference on March 30, 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. For registration details, click here. Many … Continue reading
Many schools use interim assessments to track student progress and adjust instruction accordingly. This post offers a process for making sense of the results. Identify any standards where students scored below 65%. Use the RIT/RL Trajectory Analysis Chart(s) on TLC … Continue reading
Tests are a genre. We don’t have to do test prep 24/7, but we do need to ensure that our students are familiar with that genre. One way to do this with PARCC reading comprehension questions is to analyze the … Continue reading
Over the years, students have taught me many vital lessons. Najla was no exception. Here is the story…. Not long after we began to implement data-driven instruction at North Star Academy (a high-performing school in Newark, NJ, where I worked … Continue reading
Every once in a while, someone writes something that I wish I had written. In this case, it’s a piece by Peg Tyre in The Atlantic about how the teachers at New Dorp High School changed their writing instruction and … Continue reading
School leaders in NJ have just received access to more complete NJ ASK results for their students, and no doubt many are trying to make sense of this information. It’s a bit of a Good-News-Bad-News-Good-News scenario. The Good News is … Continue reading