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Ken Tam is a former teacher and district administrator with more than 20 years of experience in education technology. In his current role as Curriculum Associates’ executive director, personalized learning and assessment, he helps educators develop assessment literacy to improve their ability to connect data to instruction. He serves as a thought leader on assessment and personalized learning and speaks widely at regional and national conferences on how districts can “Assess Less, Know More” and “Adapt Teaching and Learning.”
Some educators argue schools should focus solely on SEL or academics as they reopen, but in this opinion piece, Curriculum Associates’ Ken Tam argues that an either SEL or rigorous instruction approach isn’t what’s best for students. What will work? A “both and” approach.
We have the unique opportunity to re-envision education in 2021. Accelerated learning strategies will need to empower educators to use data effectively to personalize learning and create safe, equitable classrooms.
Achieving reading proficiency by the end of third grade is an important landmark for all elementary students, but dyslexia stands in the way of many. This is a serious threat to the right of all American school children to be literate.
What is the right length for a student assessment? The simple answer is: as long as is necessary for the test to provide the right data that is of sufficient quality to meet the wide variety of needs of teachers and administrators.
Curriculum Associates' grants and funding team has assembled resources to help educators and administrators make sense of new federal funding sources, plan for summer school, and understand how our programs meet funding requirements.