CC Assessment: Formative, Summative, and Standardized
Unwrapping New York State’s New “Common Core” Tests–Its Contents and Costs | Andrea Gabor Five years ago, I found myself drafted onto a New York State Department of Education committee charged with revamping the English Language Arts standards. As a journalism professor at Baruch College/CUNY, I had the non-fiction expertise that were seen as so important to developing the new standards. Although I had no experience in public schools, I was on the receiving end of the abilities and deficits of kids graduating from the city’s high schools. As a journalist who had spent much of my career writing about business and management issues, I also had become intrigued with the corporate education-reform movement; I couldn’t resist a chance to participate, even in a small way, in the sausage making of public education policy.
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Breezin’ Thru Theory | TeacherCast App Spotlight (@BreezinThruT) Jeff sits down with Jean McKen to discuss how Breezin’ Thru Theory is helping Music Theory students compose amazing music in an engaging and dynamic environment. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Breezin’ Thru Theory | TeacherCast App Spotlight (@BreezinThruT) | TeacherCast Broadcasting Network
Validity, part 1 (revised) [ Note: I have made a number of line edits for clarity since this was first posted. Please refer to this version rather than the original version] I have found from doing assessment work with educators over the decades that surprisingly few people understand what validity means in assessment and how validity is determined. This confusion leads to various unhappy and important consequences: people bash test questions without understanding how they work, supervisors give grossly inaccurate advice about how to prepare kids for external tests, and teachers end up designing invalid tests without realizing it. What is validity?
Achieve's Annual Meeting Achieve hosted the 9th Annual Meeting for State Leadership Teams and National Partners on December 12-13, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. With over 300 leaders from 34 states in attendance, including K-12 chief state school officers, governor's education policy advisors, postsecondary leaders, state board members, state legislators and representatives from third-party organizations and national education organizations, the meeting focused on what's working and what's on the horizon to further implementation of the college- and career-ready policy agenda in states. This year's meeting featured a keynote with the author and investigative journalist Amanda Ripley, who discussed her new book, "The Smartest Kids in the World," and remarked on American students' experiences in the classrooms of high-performing nations to reveal insights on advancing a college- and career-ready nation. News from Achieve
Assessment on the Web: Part 3 What we’d like to suggest is an approach that great instructors already know to be true: when a student gives feedback or support to another student, that process deepens their own understanding. In the case of learning to program, students with expertise actually learn more when they work with students who have less expertise. In writing courses, the research suggests that the act of critiquing another’s work measurably improves the quality of your own. We can associate peer feedback with dozens of other skills, including communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and empathy. It’s a bit edu-speak, but bear with us: what we mean to suggest is that you can learn through assessing someone else. That statement has massive implications, good ones, for learning communities on the web.
2013 IAPHERD Convention Presenters: With the arrival of the Common Core Standards we have begun to make an effort to include activities that will help our students meet these standards. As always, our physical education goals come first but we are working on finding ways to incorporate the common core goals with our physical education goals as much as possible. Some things you can do: Iahperd 2013 connecting core
How My Students And I Make Meaning Together: An Actual Unit Outline by Jane Healey, Ph.D. In A Student-Led, Flipped, Inquiry-Based Learning Classroom Doing Authentic Work, I listed my favorite, simple approach to classroom material: ObserveWonderInvestigateConclude The response was heartening, and I was asked about an example. How My Students And I Make Meaning Together: An Actual Unit Outline
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Five Characteristics of Quality Educational Assessments – Part One Assessment literacy involves understanding how assessments are made, what type of assessments answer what questions, and how the data from assessments can be used to help teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders make decisions about teaching and learning. Assessment designers strive to create assessments that show a high degree of fidelity to the following five traits: 1. Content Validity2. Five Characteristics of Quality Educational Assessments – Part One
Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year. Keep track of when you have introduced, retaught and assessed each indicator. The most important parts of the common core are the anchor standards that carry through from kindergarten to high school. These have been included with each language arts checklist so that you don’t lose sight of your essential goals for teaching and learning.
5 Minute Marking Plan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner | Leading Learner Marking is an occupational hazard for all teachers. Whilst the “5 Minute Marking Plan” can’t do your marking for you (sadly) it will help you focus on the job in hand and help ensure you maximise your students’ learning and your own. This planner adds to a growing number of 5 Minute Plans produced by @TeacherToolkit including the “5 Minute Lesson Plan” and the “5 Minute Assembly Plan” which are available on @TeacherToolkit’s website. The thinking that underpins the plan seeks to highlight those elements of marking that have greatest impact on learning, namely: Sharing the key marking points (you may refer to these as success criteria).
22 Easy Formative Assessment Techniques for Measuring Student Learning I came across Terry Heick’s blog – 10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds – at TeachThought from earlier this year and really enjoyed the formative assessment strategies that he outlined. Using formative assessment techniques in class – or “simple assessments” as Terry calls them – are easy to administer and provide the instant feedback teachers need to identify which students need more help, and then adjust their instruction and lesson plans to help them. Visit Terry’s blog above to get more detail on the following ten formative assessment techniques: 1.
6 epic fails Data, in the wrong hands, whether malicious, manipulative or naïve can be downright dangerous. Indeed, when big data goes bad it can be lethal. Unfortunately the learning game is no stranger to both the abuse of data. Here’s six examples showing seven species of ‘bad data’. 1. Data subtraction: Ken Robinson
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6 Sets Of Academic Standards For The "Other Content Areas" Not The Common Core: 6 Sets Of Academic Standards For The “Other Content Areas” by Maryalene LaPonsie There has been plenty of discussion lately regarding the Common Core, a state-led initiative to create learning standards in Math and English-Language Arts for K-12 students. While the Common Core may be getting the most press, it is not the only standard system available today. Teachers and parents alike should be aware learning standards exist for everything from physical education to arts to technology. While their use is not mandated in every state, standards can help guide curriculum decisions and ensure students graduate with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge.
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Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic below takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.
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A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki Rubric Criteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog Rubric Assess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs.
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