Educators earn points for implementing formative assessment strategies and sharing successes. Points translate into additional dollars for classroom budgets. Recognition categories established for individual class room teachers, grade/content teams, and schools. Begins November 2012.
Classroom Assessment Users Group on Edmodo! This on-line learning community is rich with resources, chat, documents, book study learning guides, alerts, and connections with other educators implementing formative assessment and using Schoolnet Assessment. Sign up now at www.edmodo.com. Click on the link to join a group and when prompted use the code QD7BDT
The SDE is collecting data on current assessment practices. This will guide future support and professional development offerings as we prepare for new Smarter Balanced Assessments and use of Schoolnet Assessment Tools. Available now!
Completing the Best Practices Survey is one way teachers, and teams can earn points for the Best Practices Recognition Program.
Understanding the emotional dynamics of the assessment experience from the student's perspective is crucial to the effective use of assessments to improve schools.
Second, we must abandon the limiting belief that adults represent the most important assessment consumers or data-based decision makers in schools. Students' thoughts and actions regarding assessment results are at least as important as those of adults.
Assessment Through the Student's Eyes
ASCD, May 2007
Student perspective is a valuable source of data in school improvement efforts yet one that is often untapped and least utilized to improve schools (Education Alliance 2004; Cook-Sather, 2002a; Ericson & Ellett, 2002). As the primary customer of the school experience, students have definite and thoughtful opinions regarding the elements of teaching that influence their learning (The Education Alliance 2004; Cook-Sather, 2002b; Ferguson, 2002; Howard, 2001b).
The SDE will be conducting student focus groups on the topic of assessment during the 2012-2013 school year. We will be interviewing middle school and high school students in groups of about 12 students. Data from these interviews will be aggregated and made available to districts. If your school or district would like to participate in student focus groups please contact Nancy Thomas Price. firstname.lastname@example.org
These materials, framework and mentoring provided will prepare districts to conduct focus groups with other groups of people, such as parents, on other topics.
Formative Assessment Resources & Activities are made possible by a grant from the Joseph & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and are part of the ISEE Implementation. * ISEE Phase II Grant Sites are given priority for some professional development offerings.