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How to Address Teacher Shortages

by: Coral Ericson

One of the biggest challenges schools and districts are facing this year is the massive teacher shortages. Finding and keeping quality educators post-pandemic has proved to be very difficult for a number of reasons. While this is a pressing issue, progress is being made. Incentives for teachers are being offered in districts nationwide, and new teachers are being hired rapidly. We must take a hard look at the key areas of need in order to determine lasting solutions.

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Celebrating the Season of Kindness & Giving with Our Community

by: Coral Ericson

The most recent NAEP Report for reading and math scores, otherwise known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” has been making headlines lately. It seems that everywhere we look, there is another article about the dismal state of education in the United States and the negative impacts from the disruptions experienced over the last three years. While the data is certainly concerning, we would like to use this as an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from and brainstorm solutions that support and empower our nation’s educators and students, rather than discourage them. 

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Digesting Recent Test Score Data and Brainstorming Solutions

by: Coral Ericson

The most recent NAEP Report for reading and math scores, otherwise known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” has been making headlines lately. It seems that everywhere we look, there is another article about the dismal state of education in the United States and the negative impacts from the disruptions experienced over the last three years. While the data is certainly concerning, we would like to use this as an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from and brainstorm solutions that support and empower our nation’s educators and students, rather than discourage them. 

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Progress Learning and Horizon Education Have Teamed up to Make SAT and ACT Prep More Accessible for All

As many colleges across the U.S. opt to not use the SAT and ACT in the admissions process, over 20 states—including Nevada, Indiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, and more—are now making the SAT or ACT a mandatory summative assessment for high school graduation. With all of these new changes, many students and teachers are wondering how best to prepare for these all-important exams. Lucky for you, the team at Progress Learning has been working hard behind the scenes these past few months, finding ways to make SAT and ACT test prep even more accessible to every single student across the country.

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Empowering Students through Goal Setting and Building Accountability

by: Coral Ericson

How do we empower students to take an active role in their education? Students need to feel that they are a part of cultivating their own learning experiences. As educators, we must effectively guide our students to understanding their instructional data and work with them to set achievable goals that put them on the right path towards academic success. 

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Florida Trades FSA for FAST- What it Means

by: Coral Ericson

In September of 2021, Governor DeSantis announced a proposal that would end the FSA and replace it with the new Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) which aims to eradicate common core and move to a growth based, progress monitoring system. The goal behind FAST is to remove common core end of year standardized assessments and implement a progress monitoring system that facilitates individual growth and supports students in reaching their academic goals. In March of 2022, Desantis signed bill, SB 1048, to implement the new required FAST system in the 2022-23 school year.

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Accommodations 101

by: Coral Ericson

It is our responsibility to ensure that all students receive quality instruction. It is the expectation that students with disabilities will receive the same quality of instruction and participate in the general education classroom as well as district and state level testing to the greatest extent possible in accordance with both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Students with disabilities contend with barriers to learning and challenges which make it difficult for them to access materials and show what they know.