Good writers make good thinkers

Preparing both students and teachers for Writing, Reading and Critical Thinking in the Common Core Era.

  • We are fortunate to have found AcademicMerit’s online language arts tools to help our faculty and students. They provide excellent data of student performance over time and are helping Pascack meet state mandates.

    Dr. Edie Weinthal,
    District English Supervisor,
    Pascack Valley Regional H.S. District, Pascack, NJ

  • The experience of using FineTune has certainly advanced the conversation around student writing and made teachers much more aware of what good writing is.

    Cathy Stankard,
    Curriculum Director
    Falmouth Schools, Falmouth, ME

  • FineTune’s PD delivery transcends the old, failed industrial model.

    Gee Kin Chou,
    Former Chief Technology Officer,
    Oakland Unified School District, CA

  • AcademicMerit's programs have sparked interdisciplinary conversations about writing instruction and provided us with useful, manageable data on our students' Common Core skills.

    Andy Hoey,
    Social Studies Supervisor, Grades 6-12
    Duxbury Public Schools, Duxbury, MA

  • In the area of writing, FineTune has given Scarborough High School's students a consistent set of expectations across the writing curriculum. It is helping to foster discussion among teachers about how to improve students' writing.

    Monique Culbertson,
    Director of Curriculum and Assessment
    Scarborough School Department, Scarborough, ME

  • We see a lot of value in FineTune. It helps our English and Social Studies teachers calibrate their evaluation of student writing, while at the same time gain a better understanding of the Common Core writing standards.

    Karen Baynes,
    English Supervisor
    Duxbury Public Schools, Duxbury, MA

Measuring Student Performance

A21 Reports

Benchmark Assessments

With Assessments21®, schools choose from hundreds of assessments in text-dependent close reading and writing—each one featuring content of consistently high quality. Built to the Common Core, these assessments are divided into four levels of difficulty spanning grades 6-12—featuring texts ranging from short stories to poetry to a broad range of non-fiction covering topics relevant to ELA, Social Studies, and Science.

To ensure time-efficient and statistically valid scoring of the writing assessment, FineTune® provides teachers with a first-of-its-kind tool that enables them to calibrate their evaluation of student writing in each of the five categories of a Common Core-aligned rubric—anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace.

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Assessments21 FineTune

Strengthening Student Performance

Learning & Instruction

Literary Companion® provides teachers and students with a highly adaptable learning and instruction tool for close reading designed to strengthen students’ vocabulary, reading-comprehension, and writing skills, while enhancing their understanding of dozens of classic and contemporary literary texts.

All student performance in Literary Companion is tracked, giving teachers the ongoing data they need to inform and differentiate instruction. At any time, teachers can also select an A21 assessment to administer at the classroom level—providing them with a means of measuring both ongoing student performance and the impact of instruction.

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Literary Companion Assessments21

Job-Embedded Professional Learning

Professional Learning

In the Common Core era, teachers need a new model of professional development, one that is anytime-anywhere, recurring, targeted to their specific needs—and gives them credit for mastery, not just attendance.

FineTune® pioneers just such a model—using teachers’ data from the Calibration section to direct them to embedded modules covering each rubric category. There they can engage in self-paced professional learning designed to strengthen writing evaluation and instruction.

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FineTune application on a Nexus 7

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