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Assessment Tool Review: Illuminate

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Teachers: ACPS strives to provide the best possible instructional tools for you and our students. Industry best practice is to review instructional tools periodically to ensure they are meeting our school division’s needs. The contract for our assessment tool, Illuminate, is up this year for a comprehensive review.

We ask for a few minutes of your time to complete this survey to support the review of this very important tool used in your teaching practice. If you have questions, please contact illuminatesupport@k12albemarle.org

2018-2019 SOL Pass Rates


Last week, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released data on the performance of students on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history/social science during the 2018-2019 school year. Read the VDOE news release »

In tandem with the news release, the VDOE provided school divisions with talking points (Key Messages on 2018-2019 SOL Test Results) about the performance of students and schools on last year’s assessments.

Where Assessments Go Wrong: Getting Assessment Right

ASCD Learn Teach LeadASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio presents Where Assessments Go Wrong: Getting Assessment Right, with guest Rick Stiggins and host Matt Wachel. Rick Stiggins is author of The Perfect Assessment System and the founder and retired president of the Assessment Training Institute (ATI), a professional-development company created and designed to provide teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and communities with the assessment literacy they need to face today’s assessment challenges. Host and ASCD Emerging Leader Matt Wachel is an elementary assistant principal in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, MO.

This is a good time of year to take a look at assessments. How can students help us improve the process? Play episode »