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Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

As we work more with schools and families this year to address mounting questions regarding learning loss and COVID slide, we appreciate—more than ever—the role of high-quality assessments.

In a recent article, Chris Stewart, CEO of Brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists, highlighted that the role of assessment is twofold:

Stewart warns, “I have a real worry about what I’m calling a ‘data vacation.’ I think that a lot of people are using COVID as a timely excuse to take a data vacation for a year or maybe two. I see that a lot, as if we would decide not to take Americans’ blood pressure for the next two years because people are in disarray. If we did that, hypertension would go out of control. And we wouldn’t find out who was most at risk until we got back from the data vacation.”

We appreciate Stewart’s point, so we are excited to be working with families and schools to avoid a data vacation. We are finding flexible and creative ways to administer and analyze assessments—long, short, in-between, formative, and summative—to gather as much meaningful data as we can to drive focused instructional interventions.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

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