Get a Better Picture of Student Performance with Acuity

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Analysis available from online assessment can accelerate learning because teachers are able to employ data-driven action plans based on specific findings.

From these in depth findings, we’ve proven that data can informs instruction and instruction can inform data. The result: Overall student achievement. 

• Fewer dropouts

• More college-bound graduates

• Greater success at jobs and in life

• Greater self esteem

• Less dependence on social services/more economic independence

• A tradition of achievement for generations to come

Well, in an effort to continue a path of excellence (and help the teacher help the student), we’ve made significant changes to Acuity, a K-12 benchmark assessment that measures the deepest levels of student learning aligned to the common core.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll share thoughts from CTB’s Acuity “Go-to Gal” Holly Bremerkamp, (aka “The Acuity Lady”), who will provide insight and information on this award-winning assessment solution and how it can help you:

Comprehensive Assessments that Cover the Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

 Assessments provide evidence of performance, proficiency, and knowledge. A test built of all multiple choice items can provide excellent insight into a student’s ability to recall or identify information, apply skills and concepts, maybe even demonstrate a little strategic thinking at a high level. However, will such items provide insight into the student’s ability to extend their thinking?  To design, synthesize, or create new content that reflects knowledge and understanding on an individualized level? Not likely. 

To develop a richer picture of a student’s abilities, we should to take a more balanced approach to assessment, using new ways to evaluate and measure student performance, proficiency, and knowledge. I’m happy to say that we’ve spent a lot of time this year expanding Acuity to do just this.

With Acuity, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

Hundreds of exciting new performance tasks in item banks that have been designed to help educators get a more complete picture of their students’ abilities

A new Performance Task Builder tool, designed to enable educators to create their own constructed response items that can be delivered and scored through Acuity.  This feature will be made available to all customers as part of the standard Acuity program.

Additionally, our assessment team has added more than 800 new multiple choice and constructed response items in the Acuity item banks that have been built directly from the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills framework. These new items can be used in conjunction with new performance task items in Acuity’s custom test builder – so all items are included on a single student assessment and the resulting report.  Pretty cool, eh?   

Holly Bremerkamp, the Acuity Lady

For more information about this comprehensive Common Core K-12 benchmark assessment solution and how we can help meet your instructional improvement goals in 2013, visit CTB.com/Acuity and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get up-to-date information.

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