Grade-level norms are a common means of interpreting student achievement and have also been used as the basis for establishing growth expectations. However, the information about growth derived from grade-level norms is cross-sectional in nature. It is better to use a longitudinal perspective as the basis for growth expectations. Achieve3000’s LevelSet assessment and proprietary software use a longitudinal perspective with Bayesian estimation to provide better estimates of student reading ability and growth.
Multiple measures of student achievement are a fact of life in the 21st century. They are used to help understand student growth and to provide auxiliary information for many educational decisions. However, the interpretation of multiple measures can be complicated. There are a variety of strategies available, ranging from simple arithmetic averages to advanced statistical models. This white paper provides a brief introduction to the world of multiple measures and points the reader to resources for further exploration.
Educators can't make assumptions when it comes to the vocabulary that English language learners bring to the classroom. Strong vocabulary skills — in both students' native language and in English — are critical to the ability to meaningfully comprehend text and, by extension, achieve academic success. This white paper suggests that educators should use all of the academic strategies and technology tools at their disposal to help ELLs succeed, especially differentiated instruction.
This white paper reveals real, actionable strategies and tactics that school district curriculum developers can use to move quickly from wherever their starting point is to the Common Core Standard compliance they need to achieve. It is based on a synthesis of interviews with experts and curriculum developers in those states leading the way toward Common Core adoption, compliance and achievement.
Science, technology, engineering and the math that underlies them all have taken on more obvious and integral roles in America’s everyday life in recent decades. During the same period science student achievement in the U.S. has slipped from the top among nations to the middle. Reversing that tide has become the goal of a growing number of educators who are focusing – to extend the irony – on literacy as a means of triggering science achievement.
A number of recent studies reveal a growing gap between the texts that students read in school and those they'll be required to read in college and the workforce. This white paper details the challenges facing districts across the nation to meet college readiness benchmarks — and how Achieve3000®'s approach to differentiated literacy instruction has demonstrated proven success raising students' Lexile® levels and high stakes test scores.
Getting students who are falling behind caught up with their peers can be a complicated process for educational leaders. In addition to putting processes in place to determine which students are deficient, educators also have to figure out the types of additional remediation they need and the most effective way to deliver it. This white paper shows you how to successfully implement a formal RTI program.
Developed in conjunction with MetaMetrics, this technical paper supports the Achieve3000 College and Career Readiness Report. Our College and Career Readiness Report helps determine students' readiness for college and the workforce and provides teachers with valuable information for planning interventions. With the increased rigor of the Common Core State Standards, ongoing review of student progress has become more critical than ever.