News: Formative Evaluation

Curbing the Pandemic Slide by Putting the Right Students into the Right Instructional Groups (Part II)

Curbing the Pandemic Slide by Putting the Right Students into the Right Instructional Groups.  Which Peas are You Going to Put in Your Pandemic Pod? (Part II)Dear Colleagues,Introduction &nb...

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Using Valid Assessments of Students’ Functional Literacy, Math, and Language Arts Skills to Instructionally Group Students this Fall (Part I)

The Importance of Assessing—NOT Guessing—Each Student’s COVID-19 SlideIntroduction   Despite the fact that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continues unabated—if not increasing in man...

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Underachieving, Unresponsive, Unsuccessful, Disabled, and Failing Readers (Part II)

Diagnostic Assessment Must Link to Intervention: If We Don’t Know “Why,” We Can’t Know “What”Dear Colleagues,Introduction   Last month, I was asked to lead an Invited Workshop on “Academic I...

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Literacy Instruction and Student Reading Proficiency: The Multi-Tiered Whole Must be Greater than the Sum of Its Disconnected Parts (Part I)

How a Comprehensive Blueprint Prevents Isolated Solutions and Inconsistent ResultsDear Colleagues,Introduction   Well. . . “all of a sudden,” there has been a nationwide rush of policy, publ...

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Closing Secondary Students’ Significant Academic Skill Gaps: Teach at Their Grade Level or Their Skill Level? (Part II)

Reviewing Two Recent Studies of Math Deficient StudentsDear Colleagues,Introduction   Two Blog messages ago (on September 28th), I began a two-part discussion on:Closing Academic Gaps in Mid...

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May the Force be with You- - The Ultimate Organizational Strategies for School Success (Part I)

Dear Colleagues,After months of build-up, the new Star Wars movie was released a few days ago. . . not surprisingly, to record audiences.On the one hand, it is amazing that this film series- - which b...

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