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Why we love our SEL tools

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We selected the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) from Aperture Education as our social-emotional learning assessment because it is easy to administer, is strengths-based, has a track record, and is aligned with our SEL curriculum. When we first started using Kickboard , we wondered if our high schoolers would care about things like character traits. With Kickboard, they actually do. Tyler Shannon, head principal, Ridgeview Elementary, Liberty, Missouri.

How our high-poverty school reduced suspensions by 97%

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When we arrived at Betty Best Elementary in Houston in the summer of 2014 and dug into the school’s data, we saw there were 627 office referrals during the previous year. During this time, students’ passing rate on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) increased by 17 percentage points as well. Take a positive approach to classroom management. To support our PBIS initiative, we began using a classroom behavior management system called Kickboard.

The Business of Education Technology

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Jen Medbery stepped down as CEO of Kickboard. In part, their struggles are a result of controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to streamline and procurement the development of curriculum and assessment. Pushback against Common Core tests specifically and against standardized testing more generally have also prompted states and districts to rethink the kind and frequency of assessments they buy.