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Making Effective Use of Progress Zone Assessment Tools

Participants will learn to use a variety of tools embedded within Progress Zone, such as creating probes to monitor student progress, creating common assessments to be used within professional learning communities, and adding their own teacher-made items into our system. Teachers will also learn to share items with their colleagues within their school and within their district. Participants will also learn to read the reports generated by these probes and assessments to drive future instruction.


  • Supervisors
  • Principals
  • Classroom teachers


  • 6 hours

Maximum Participants

  • 25

System Requirements

  • Lab setting with one computer for each participant, but not required
  • Internet access
  • Presentation station for presenter with computer and LCD projector


  • None

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Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Create probes
  • Create common assessments
  • Add teacher-made items
  • Share tests with other teachers

Sample Agenda

  1. Understanding Progress Zone tools
  2. Zero in on achievement gaps
  3. Create probes and common assessments
  4. Reflection
  5. Share outcomes
  6. Debrief and evaluation

They are passionate about what they do, and that is one thing I appreciate about Discovery Education Professional Development ..... these folks really believe in what they are doing and they know their stuff and they know the content.

Gerald McLeish, Ed.D

Director, Secondary Curriculum & Programs, Indianapolis Public Schools