Provide organization and support for statewide implementation of balanced assessment systems.
Support and professional development activities for 2013-2014 have been designed to achieve the following goals.
Smarter Balanced calls for an assessment system that is balanced between summative, interim and formative assessment. One of those types of assessment holds promise in changing classroom practice that will result in better student outcomes.
Idaho SDE is offering an intensive course in formative assessment for those districts that have prioritized improvement in formative assessment integrated into instructional practice for Idaho Core Standards implementation. The project involves school embedded professional development and facilitated collaborative teacher teams for immediate practice in the classroom. Facilitators for each school will attend out of district workshops on how to support on-going implementation within their school teams. Participation requires a two- year commitment and there are varying levels of support based on how a district would like to participate. Margaret Heritage, in collaboration with the Mid-Central Comprehensive Center from McREL, authored The Formative Assessment Program, which will be used in our project.. The program includes intentional conversations, specific activities, reflections and teacher actions that gradually mold the practice of formative assessment. Margaret Heritage, a nationally recognized consultant and author is the Assistant Director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Margaret Heritage and the Northwest Comprehensive Center are support partners on this project.
There is not a cost to participate, however expenses related to travel, and credit offered need to be covered by the district. To find out details about the project and how to participate please attend the Informational Webinar on April 25th, 2014.
The timeline is as follows:
Invitation to Participate sent to Districts: April 21, 2014
Informational Webinar: April 24, 2014 4:00PM Mountain Time (The webinar will be archived)
Registration Web Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/547510718
District Letter of Intent Due to SDE: May 8, 2014
Kick Off with keynote by James Popham: June 10, 2014 Boise, ID. (No cost to participants)
Program begins in districts/schools: August 2014
The Smarter Balanced Consortium's Theory of Action calls for full integration of the learning and assessment systems, leading to more informed decision making and higher quality instruction, and ultimately to increased numbers of students who are well prepared for post-secondary education opportunities and the workforce. The Implication for Instruction Webinars look closely at the standards as defined by the Smarter Balanced, Math Content Specifications and examines the implications for classroom instruction. For more information please click button below.
Interactive Webinars. A 12-Module Assessment Literacy Series has been designed that will support district and regional professional development. Topics include: Understanding formative and interim assessment, providing student feedback, grading, understanding and writing learning targets, target-method match, assessment item writing guidelines, resources for implementing Common Core standards and preparing for Smarter Balanced Assessments.
This webinar series supports as well as introduces the conceptual framework for balanced assessment systems that has been introduced this year through district and regional professional development sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education and provided by the Assessment Training Institute.
If you have previously taken part in assessment literacy professional development, it will serve as an excellent refresher and also provide new learning with more depth and clarity.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium emphasizes the need for Formative, Interim and Summative assessment working together to improve instruction for students.
This webinar series supports the goals outlined by the department for Formative and Interim support.
All webinars in this series have been recorded and are available at: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/formativeInterim/professionalDev.htm Associated activity materials will also be available at that link.
Each webinar session is 1 hour with 15 minutes prior to start for log-on, and 15 minutes following the session for questions and chat. The webinar series is available for credit through Boise State University.
Author and National Speaker,
Nancy Thomas Price, SDE Coordinator of
Formative & Interim Assessment
Building Administration, Classroom Teachers,
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.