Archive of Data Management – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working Thumbnail – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, visit web check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response

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Key Studies: RtI for Mathematics

Posted on March 03, 2012

A Summary of Nine Key Studies: Multi-Tier Intervention and Response to Interventions For Students Struggling in Mathematics What is Response to Intervention? What is a multi-tiered intervention system? Fuchs, hospital Fuchs, & Vaughn (2008) provide a working definition of Response to Intervention (RTI) and the multi-tiered system of instruction in critical areas such as reading and mathematics: “The context for preventing academic difficulty in the schools has changed over the past

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I.M (in) Focus: Progress-Monitoring Teachers

Posted on February 02, 2012

Over the last several years there has been greater teacher accountability for student outcomes. Gone are the days when teachers could close the door and teach whatever they wanted to teach. While such an approach can be enticing as we can focus on those things that are most interesting to us, more about or about which we have the greatest knowledge, it does little to ensure students are taught what they need to know or that ALL students are provided a high-quality education. That assurance of

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Socrates on AYP and Social Justice

Posted on November 11, 2011

Scene: Coffee shop at convention center at 10:30 A.M., June 15, 2011. Characters: Socrates and Dwayne Washburn, Educational Policy and Management expert. **** * Socrates: What do you think the most important current issue in education is? Dwayne Washburn: I believe the Common Core Standards and the proposed Common Core Curriculum are very important, but I see the current problems with No Child Left Behind and schools not achieving adequate yearly progress as the most critical issues

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Assessment Practices in a Response to Intervention Model

Posted on November 11, 2011

Schools around the country are implementing the principles of a Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model. Regardless of the names of the programs or specific practices being implemented, viagra approved doctor the principles of RTI are evidence-based practices that, healing information pills when implemented with fidelity have a positive impact on student outcomes. One of the key questions that needs to be addressed in implementation of RTI is appropr

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Data is Only as Good as the System That Collects it

Posted on October 10, 2011

Many schools struggle with the mountain of data they have in front of them.  They may ask themselves the following questions: Why are we gathering data? What does it mean?  In what areas do we need to improve? Some Utah schools have started using a system called Educators Handbook to manage their behavioral data. The following is an interview with Dr. Austin Jackson, the developer of the program. What lead to the development of I started my career working as a

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Can’t Do or Won’t Do? A Go-To Diagnostic Tool

Posted on October 10, 2011

"He's just not trying." How many of us have either heard or used this phrase referring to a student who is not performing as we expect him or her to do? Too often we assume that a student's low performance is an issue of motivation, never taking into account that perhaps the student does not know how to perform the desired skill or behavior. Upon identifying that a student is not performing at an expected level, either in academic or behavioral areas, the first question that should be ask

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Common Data Initiative Proposes New Postsecondary Standards

Posted on July 07, 2011

It seems to be the day for big announcements on the data front. Just a few hours after the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation launched a new tool this morning to translate information across data systems within a state, the Common Education Data Standards Initiative released its first draft of the second stage of its core data definitions, intended to get state data systems talking the same language. As I reported last fall, the initiative is building up a core set of commonly used data ca

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My Nine “Truths” of Data Analysis

Posted on June 06, 2011

For over 20 years, viagra I’ve been a data coach for hundreds of teachers, generic first as a top-level official in two Maryland school districts and now on the faculty of a university leadership center. I’ve had mountain-top experiences with school teams whose members really get what it means to use data to inform their instruction, visit this site and I’ve led sessions that were disasters. Over the years, I have accumulated a set of what I first called “My Ten Commandments of Data

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Do Standardized Tests Reflect Student Learning in Schools?

Posted on May 05, 2011

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." -Albert Einstein "What is tested does count, store but much of what counts cannot be tested." -Student Learning, treatment Student Achievement Report Task Force Many teachers quote Albert Einstein when describing the challenges and frustrations they feel towards standardized testing and its impact on their classrooms. Teachers often explain how testing narrows the curriculum,

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