St. Mary’s County improves student performance on state tests and graduation rate with data-driven instruction

Prior to 2005, SMCPS used a spreadsheet system to track student performance, but that left data siloed and difficult to cross tabulate. In 2005, the district made significant changes in the way it manages student assessment data, moving from spreadsheets to the Unify assessment platform.

St. Mary’s County improves student performance on state tests and graduation rate with data-driven instruction 2018-05-21T16:18:31+00:00

How to prepare for ESSA

Many teachers have come to expect change as a routine part of their occupation. Not only do classes change every semester or year, but education requirements are constantly evolving as policymakers try to determine the best way to educate and evaluate the nation’s children.

How to prepare for ESSA 2018-07-07T08:07:22+00:00

Tips for implementing an assessment solution

Rolling out a district wide assessment solution is no small task. Williamson County Schools in Middle Tennessee has gone through the process multiple times with previous vendors over the years, so we’ve learned the hard way on what to do and what not to do.

Tips for implementing an assessment solution 2018-07-07T08:08:45+00:00

The Power of “Yet”

Recently I had the privilege of hearing the 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, Jessica Solano, deliver a keynote address. In her presentation, she talked about the power of “yet” and the undeniable hope and expectation that this small three-letter word conveys.

The Power of “Yet” 2018-07-07T08:11:29+00:00

Getting to the core of personalized professional learning

It’s not a new concept that educators need differentiated professional learning opportunities. It is an emerging trend that seeks to support educator‐centered, 21st century learning.

Getting to the core of personalized professional learning 2018-07-07T08:14:03+00:00

Using Early Warning System data to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks

The detrimental effects of dropping out of school have been well documented. Let's examine which student-level indicators can be used to predict on-time cohort graduation and how those indicators can be systematically monitored through TalentEds’ Early Warning System.

Using Early Warning System data to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks 2018-07-07T08:18:55+00:00

How a Maryland district redefined school improvement

In Harford County Public Schools, we hold each of our 54 schools accountable for meeting the goals set forth in their School Improvement Plans. Accountability, however, is only one factor in the formula for school improvement. Support is essential, too.

How a Maryland district redefined school improvement 2018-07-07T08:20:19+00:00

How do you interpret mountains of student assessment data?

St. Mary’s County Public Schools had a mountain of student assessment data that they wanted to use more effectively to influence instruction but the daunting task of managing and analyzing all of the data seemed impossible.

How do you interpret mountains of student assessment data? 2018-07-07T08:21:46+00:00

Numerical value: How meaningful data can improve student achievement

As a math major, I see the beauty in numbers, and, as a teacher, I see the beauty of children. But, as an assistant principal, I see how numbers can paint an illuminating picture for children and how that picture can make all the difference in the world.

Numerical value: How meaningful data can improve student achievement 2018-07-07T08:22:25+00:00
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