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What is Social Emotional Learning and how is it Assessed?

Social-emotional learning, or SEL, is one of the hottest topics or buzzwords in education today. SEL is all about focusing on more than just content or curriculum with students, it is about providing students with the tools that they need to interact in an ever-changing and complex world. Through targeted lessons and assessments, students can […]

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The Case for Formative Testing: 4 Reasons to Incorporate Technology

Assessments are an important part of the learning process. All assessments, including formative, interim, and summative assessments provide educators with data on what students know and where to go next. In recent years, schools have been shifting away from traditional summative assessments and moving towards formative assessments to guide teaching and learning. While summative assessments […]

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Understanding Interim & Formative Assessment: Different Exam Formats Explained

Student assessment is a fundamental part of the teaching and learning process. Educators assess students in many ways including using summative, formative, and interim assessments to guide their teaching. Assessments may be utilized to show student growth and achievement, as well as to inform instruction. Increasingly, school districts are relying on interim and formative assessments […]

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The ESSA Innovative Assessment Pilot & the Impact for Schools

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in the United States as a replacement for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The purpose of the ESSA is stated as follows: “to provide all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” […]

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Assessing Critical Thinking Skills for 21st-Century Learning

Critical thinking skills are some of the most highly sought-after skills in the business world and with good reason. Individuals with critical thinking skills can take in data and information and analyze it quickly to make informed decisions on the spot. Critical thinkers are also excellent problem solvers who may come up with innovative and […]

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