Rethink Reading

John Ferrara

John is a member of the Reading Plus Research Department where he spends much of time examining the impact of Reading Plus on a variety of literacy measures. John remembers how well his teachers at his small Vermont elementary school differentiated and personalized reading instruction for the eight students in his grade. He hopes that the work he and his Research Department colleagues contribute to the Reading Plus experience has a similar effect on young readers across the country and beyond. John began his career as a middle school math teacher where he attempted to integrate mathematics into interdisciplinary units of study whenever possible. Later, while working on graduate degrees, he transitioned to the Vermont Department of Education's Standards and Assessment Team and helped implement Vermont's first statewide assessment program. John would later become a key member of a consortium of Vermont school districts who built a statewide educational data warehouse to support administrators and teachers in data-based decision making. John joined Reading Plus in 2012. When not knee deep in data, John enjoys skiing, biking, and golfing with his son and watching his daughter compete on the basketball court. He also enjoys walks and hikes with the world's best rescue dog, Ruby.

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Impact on Student Achievement: SBAC

Posted by John Ferrara on April 28, 2017 at 9:08 AM

One of the more ubiquitous and debated aspects of K-12 public education over the last 20 years has been the increased use of student assessments. Although the goal of using multiple measures to help educators improve instruction and increase student achievement is simple in theory, it is less so in practice.

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