BLOG | Parallel forms of reliability

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By Sara Needleman / June 15, 2021

Most of the time when we hear the term “validity” with respect to assessment, it’s coupled with the term “reliability”.

BLOG | Unpacking Standards

Learning Expectations JumpRope

Practice-Software Tip #1: Articulating Learning Expectations

By Sara Needleman / May 4, 2023

In a standards-based system, assessments are done at the indicator level. However…

Figuring Out Learning Expectations

By Sara Needleman / October 8, 2022

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot about transparency.

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Different Approaches to Unpacking Standards

By Sara Needleman / August 12, 2020

In an effort to provide our readers with multiple perspectives, this post offers a look at how other authors…

Moving From Standards to Learning Targets

By Sara Needleman / July 28, 2020

Know where to go; know how to get there. This is very good advice for any journey, including…

Why Unpack Standards?

By Becky Brown / July 15, 2020

Since the US started its journey to standards-based teaching and learning, national organizations…

BLOG | Clarity

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JumpRope Core Values

By Sara Needleman / December 12, 2019

An overview of the values and beliefs that guide everything we do at JumpRope.

BLOG | Equity of Opportunity to Learn

Standards-Based Grading Systems Effectively Communicate Student Learning

By Sara Needleman / June 10, 2024

It took me a long time to realize…

Practice-Software Tip #5: Providing Feedback

By Sara Needleman / January 24, 2024

Of the 150 influences on achievement John Hattie notes in Visible Learning for Teachers, feedback ranks tenth…

Practice-Software Tip #4: Formative and Summative Assessments

Practice-Software Tip #4: Formative and Summative Assessments

By Sara Needleman / December 15, 2023

Building assessment into our daily and weekly plans allows us to collect data that informs…

Practice-Software Tip #3: Mapping Assessments

By Sara Needleman / November 15, 2023

An assessment map is a tool to help with big-picture planning…

Calibration Through Collaboration

By Sarah Caban / November 15, 2023

True calibration doesn’t happen in one planning period, and it doesn’t happen in isolation…

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By Sara Needleman / July 20, 2021

Teacher collaboration is an essential tool in working toward equitable assessment across a school or district.

BLOG | Learner Agency

Practice-Software Tip #6: Encouraging Student Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting

By Sara Needleman / February 14, 2024

The combination of offering feedback to students and helping them set goals…

This post on student goal setting provides some context and a research base for why we should support our students in setting goals.

Practice-Software Tip #2: Data and Goal Setting for Students

By Sara Needleman / July 13, 2023

We’ve learned through decades of research that supporting students in effective goal-setting increases…

Student Self-Assessment

By Sara Needleman / August 20, 2021

We don’t have to look far in John Hattie’s list of 150 influences on achievement to find…

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Student Goal-Setting

By Sara Needleman / January 21, 2021

Student goal setting is one of the most powerful tools I have built into my practice.

Conceptual illustration that represents our 4 Core Values

JumpRope Core Values

By Sara Needleman / December 12, 2019

An overview of the values and beliefs that guide everything we do at JumpRope.

BLOG | Continuous Improvement Cycle

Practice-Software Tip #9: Collaboration and Calibration

By Sara Needleman / April 15, 2024

Collaboration helps us do our best work to improve student learning, and more importantly, it allows us…

Practice-Software Tip #8: Using Data to Improve Instruction

By Sara Needleman / April 2, 2024

The blog post “Using Data to Revise Plans” addresses data at several levels, including the classroom level.

Practice-Software Tip #7: Using Data to Differentiate Instruction

By Sara Needleman / March 1, 2024

It’s useful for teachers to spend time examining assignments students have submitted to note trends they see and consider strategies to address them.

Combining Mastery Data and Curriculum Alignment Data to Drive Student Achievement

By Becky Brown / September 15, 2023

Becky Brown, EdD and Eduplanet21 dive into why you need a holistic way to look at both curriculum alignment and classroom performance.

Learning is now a “two-way relationship” between teachers and students

By hide me / November 16, 2022

At The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria JumpRope has helped teachers record student progress on outcomes.

Students are willing to take risks while learning without worrying about their grades

By The JumpRope Team / November 16, 2022

At Vancouver iTech Preparatory JumpRope has made it possible for teachers to record and communicate student progress on individual standards.

Case Studies

More teacher collaboration and more meaningful conversations about learning

By hide me / November 16, 2022

Founded in Washington, D.C., Capital City Public Charter School is a success story about forging positive change.

A Shift from Teaching to Learning

By Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams / February 12, 2014

Since moving to standards-based learning (SBL) in our classroom last year, the biggest difference has been the shift in focus from teaching to learning.