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. Progress Zone As A Check For Understanding

    As educators who work with students in districts that use Discovery’s Benchmark Assessments move on from our first testing window, I wanted to repackage two of our spring Progress Zone “how to” webcasts. Armed with new actionable information about our students we will be remodeling our expected instruction and reteaching groups of students in some […]

  2. 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 creative ways to successfully engage all populations of 21st century learners in assessment and student evaluation. Engage with participants around the world as a rich […]

  3. Discovery Education Assessment Events In New Mexico

    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 […]

  4. Managing My Classrooms

    I hope that everyone has had, or is having a tremendous back-to-school experience. Good luck to all as you kick off the 2012-2013 school year. I received a great question last week from an educator in Nevada and wanted to share it with the community, as well as my response. There is flexibility built into […]

  5. Join Discovery For Three 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! Our first […]

  6. Retaining Historical Student Assessment Data

    Curious about how to keep assessment records attached to students as they progress from the 2011-2012 school-year to the 2012-2013 school-year. This can be a challenge as these students will likely have changed grades, possibly changed schools, and may have even had some of their personal information change. However with the help of Stacy Hayes, […]

  7. Planning Activity During and After Benchmark Testing Windows

    Colby Tillman of the Discovery Education Assessment Support team joins me again to discuss some of the things that she is having conversations about during her week. This is the third in a series of podcasts, and discusses the Discovery Education Assessment calendar, how to ensure a seamless testing process, and what to do following […]

  8. Understanding the Discovery Education Assessment Calendar

    Colby Tillman of the Discovery Education Assessment Support team joins me again to discuss some of the things that she is having conversations about during her week. This is the second in a series of podcasts, and discusses the Discovery Education Assessment calendar, locations within the DE site to more information, and some specific activities […]

  9. Navigating The Educator and Student Upload Process

    Colby Tillman of the Discovery Education Assessment Support team joins me to discuss some of the things that she is having conversations about during her week. This is the first of a series of podcasts, and discusses the educator and student upload process, naming conventions, common error messages, ensuring the saving of historical data, and […]

  10. Track Growth By Benchmark Subject

    Thanks again to one of our Florida educators whose students take our Benchmark exam for asking a number of wonderful questions this spring. We are answering them one at a time this summer on the Assessment blog. 3. How do I interpret student growth by standard? Answer from Stacy Hayes, Psychometric Research Analyst Discovery Education’s Benchmark […]

  11. DE Can Help You Get There (Intervention/Enrichment) From Here (Student Data)

    Once again, I want to thank one of our Florida educators whose students take our Benchmark exam for asking a number of wonderful questions this spring. We are answering them one at a time this summer on the Assessment blog. 2. How does student assessment data relate to RTI needs for intervention or enrichment for […]

  12. The Basics Of Viewing Benchmark Reports

    A special welcome to the new educators, schools, and districts partnering with Discovery Education Assessment. Whether you are a new teacher in a district using our Benchmark exams, a school that has joined district efforts in interim assessment for the first time, or a district in a state that has recently promoted the use of […]

  13. Rainy Day Idea For Data Use

    I want to credit Shelly Strickland, a school administrator in the Taylor County, Florida school system for passing on this idea to me. At her school, Strickland uses those unfortunate rainy day recesses to put some exciting Discovery Education content in front of her students. Instead of sitting around with nothing to do, her elementary […]

  14. June 4, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: The Ultimate Guide To the Detail Export Week of June 4, 2012 This webcast will highlight hints and tips for maximizing the potential of the Detail Export function within Discovery Education Assessment. This resource is available for both Benchmark Assessment data, as well as data acquired through Progress Zone. However, strategies are needed to prevent […]

  15. Discovery Education Common Core Assessments Approved In New Mexico

    Discovery Education Assessment is pleased to have been approved by the State of New Mexico Public Education Department to provide Common Core formative assessments for grades 4 through 10. We are committed to supporting the state’s goals for student academic achievement of the new Common Core standards. Educators from the great state of New Mexico, we would love to […]

  16. May 21, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #2 Week of May 21, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 2 will investigate the Classroom Manager as well as Assigning Probes using the Discovery Education Student Center. We will also explore how to get […]

  17. May 14, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #1 Week of May 14, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 1 will investigate Creating Items, as well as Building Probes using these items and the existing item bank. We will also highlight the opportunities […]

  18. Discovery Education Assessment Takes To The Road

    This spring, Discovery Education Assessment will host several workshops and school visits with various school districts across the country. Some of the events are targeted towards teachers, while others are targeted toward administrators. These events are held in partner schools and feature professional development sessions as well as prize giveaways and a ton of fun. We […]