Posts By Jason Altman

About Jason Altman

Jason is a 10-year educator whose current mission is to bring student evaluation and data gathering to life for educators across the nation. With a background in education policy and administration, as well as program evaluation, and support for students with disabilities, he brings a unique perspective to the ever-important dialogue on student assessment. In short, he strives to see all educators supported by the collection of actionable information about our classrooms and its use in driving change in instruction for the betterment of all.

  1. DEA: How to Access & Use Achievement Level Descriptors

    The team at Discovery Education Assessment released a new tutorial yesterday, one that should be of great interest for those using the Assessment service. Please follow this link to a short video that answers questions like: 1) What to the DEA performance levels mean? 2) How does one level compare to others? and 3) How can this […]

  2. Discovery Education Assessment: Delivering Constructed Response Tasks

    Educators and administrators in schools and districts that subscribe to Discovery Education’s Assessment services should be sure to access our new online video tutorial detailing how to deliver DEA’s constructed response tasks to your students. This tutorial is available at: http://dlc.com/crtdelivery. This new process has also been highlighted during webinars delivered as part of Discovery’s Back-to-School offerings. […]

  3. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 7

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  4. Microsoft Excel For Educators Segment 6

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  5. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 5

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  6. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 4

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 15-20 minute segments. This […]

  7. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 3

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 15-20 minute segments. This […]

  8. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 2

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 15-20 minute segments. This […]

  9. Progress Zone Video Tutorials

    We are excited to announce that a collection of video tutorials detailing the ins and outs of Progress Zone are now available on the help tab. These short videos take you from the basics to more sophisticated use in the re-designed student evaluation tool available to many educators across the U. S. and are available […]

  10. Exciting Learning Opportunities This December

    Educators embrace actionable and meaningful information about the students in our classrooms, schools, and districts. Discovery Education supports educators by providing tools that generate impactful student data with the click of the button. This webinar series will offer participants a portal into putting student data to work using reports, probes, and resources inside Discovery Education […]

  11. Exciting Enhancements Coming To Progress Zone

    Attention all educators with access to Discovery Education’s Assessment tools. We are pleased to announce an upcoming enhancement to Assessment and additional components within Progress Zone that we are equally proud of, and excited to debut. We’ve held on to all of the features that you hold dear, and listened and learned from the ideas […]

  12. New Mexico Educators: Experience the Excitement Sat. Nov. 2

    As part of our commitment to transforming teaching and learning, Discovery Education invites you to a free, local learning and development opportunity, designed specifically for New Mexico classroom teachers, administrators, and support staff. This unique day of professional development will highlight creative ways to deliver world-class content and effective ways to evaluate student progress in […]

  13. New Addition To High School Interim Assessment Suite

    Attention high school teachers and administrators. Have you been waiting for a companion to the third course math interim assessment offered through Discovery. We are now pleased to announce the availability of English III assessments! English III classes can now be created through the bulk import Class List template. Also, for teachers, classes can be added […]

  14. New Changes Within DE Assessment For BTS

    Discovery Education recently hosted an informational web-based event that provided educators with a closer look at the newest assessment features and resources. And we wanted to make that available to all. During this webinar, educators engaged in an interactive 45-minute exploration of the enhanced assessment platform. Click here to access and play the video. You […]

  15. Gauge Student Performance On a National Scale

    Curious how the progress this school year of the students you know and work with every day measures up? Discovery Education is pleased to announce that it has developed a new tool for educators to use to compare the performance of the students in their district, school, or classroom to a national sample. With just a […]

  16. Give The Comparative Growth Report a Try in 2013

    Looking for a new trick to add to your educator toolbox for 2013. For those using Discovery Education Assessment, look no further than the Comparative Growth Report. This report is a fantastic way to maximize the quality of the inferences you can draw from the efforts of your students on the two tests they have […]

  17. Integrating Language Learning Students in Purposeful Evaluation

    Thank you so much to Jennifer Paul (Michigan Department of Education) and Gabriela Cardenas (UCLA Lab School) for joining us to share their thoughts and expertise in the final event of our “Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation” series. In this event Paul discussed her work supporting district efforts to develop equitable educator evaluation systems, […]

  18. Maximizing Access Through Innovative Reading Assessment Design

    Thank you so much to Teresa King (ETS) and Barbara Flores (California State – San Bernardino) for joining us to share their thoughts and expertise in the third event of our “Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation” series. In this event King discussed her work defining, designing, and perfecting accessible item formats for reading assessment […]

  19. Getting The Most Out Of Your Interactive Item Summary

    This short video was developed for our wonderful educators in Clark County, Nevada. But it has just as much utility for educators throughout the nation. Play the video right here from this blog if you are interested in brushing up on your skills, learning a few new strategies, or introducing yourself to one of the […]

  20. Effective STEM Assessment Techniques for Low-Incidence Populations

    Thank you so much to Cary Supalo (Illinois State University/Independence Science) and Peg Hartwig (Marshfield Schools) for joining us to share their thoughts and expertise in the second event of our “Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation” series. In this event Supalo discussed his work advocating for and creating modifications to drive hands-on authentic lab […]

  21. Join Discovery For Two Upcoming Assessment Events

    Please join us during the 2012-2013 school year as we travel the country for local workshops that focus on our Discovery Education Assessment tools. These exciting and interactive afternoons and evenings of professional development will highlight creative ways to meet your students’ needs using your Discovery Education Assessment tools and resources. Prizes will be many! Next week’s […]

  22. Inclusive Assessment Webinar Series: Join Us Monday

    Please join us next Monday, November 5 as we renew our series: Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation Support Student Learning and Inform Your Teaching with Practical Ideas from Professional Educators Until then we’ll postpone our events out of respect to those battling Hurricane Sandy and the associated storms and cleanup on the East coast! Good luck […]

  23. Tune In Tuesday

    Please do not forget to join us Tuesday at 6:30pm EDT for our first session of our upcoming series: Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation Support Student Learning and Inform Your Teaching with Practical Ideas from Professional Educators Join us for an interactive strand of web-based conferences! These events will provide educators with an enriching opportunity focused on […]