Presentation on theme: "Information Session for Parents Assessment Practices New Elementary School Report Card Fort McMurray Public School District."— Presentation transcript:
1 Information Session for Parents Assessment Practices New Elementary School Report Card Fort McMurray Public School District
2 Why do we need a new report card? Our goal, as teachers of the Fort McMurray Public School District, is to improve student achievement. In our journey to reach this goal, we have changed some of our assessment practices in order for our assessments to be more timely, accurate and informative. It was recognized that our major reporting tool, the report card, did not necessarily reflect our new assessment practices. Thus, we needed to change the report card in order to support student achievement.
3 A Sample Subject Report of Achievement Grade 3 Mathematics NumberSequence numbers using various multiples and starting pointsApproachingRepresent and describe numbers up to 1000 in a variety of waysMeetsCompare and order numbers up to 1000Estimate quantities less than 1000 using referentsIllustrate in a variety of ways the meaning of place value for numbers up to 1000BeginningDemonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction up to 1000Comment:Although Robert is meeting many of the Number outcomes, his absences have caused him to miss some key learning.While both types of assessment are important and necessary, there isevidence that the best way to impact student achievement is througheffective formative assessment. Research by Black and William (1998)suggests:• there must be a good match between teaching goals and assessmentpractices• advice to students on how to improve is at least as important as givingmarks• assessment should focus on students’ personal improvement, ratherthan competition• teachers should analyze students’ work to discern their learning needs• students need opportunities for self-reflection• feedback should contain three elements:– recognition of desired goals– evidence about the present position– how to close the gap between the two• feedback should be part of the students’ self-reflection.From FSL Guide to Implementation — Nine-year Course Sequence (4-6) p.124, Interim Edition 2005
4 Does the following make sense to you? Percentages are fine in themselves but when they are combined and averaged, then they lose their accuracy.
5 The following are your results after a check up: Weight: 71 kgBody temperature: 38oCCholesterol: 7Suppose I was asked to go outside to assess the weather.I have good measurement instruments and I use them properly.I collect this information.Blood pressure: 120/60Body Mass Index: 25
6 Numbers or percentages are not useful for summarizing varied information Cholesterol: 7Your health is…82%Blood pressure: 120/60Weight: 71 kgBody temperature: 38oCBut then I do something strange.I average all these numbers and come up with one number.This number, based on carefully collected data and accurately calculated has no meaning.Body Mass Index: 25
7 This is how we used to assess our students on a report card. Reading fluently 92%Reading with comprehension 47%But then I do something strange.I average all these numbers and come up with one number.This number, based on carefully collected data and accurately calculated has no meaning.Writing conventions 83%Writing content 54%
8 Numbers or percentages are not useful for summarizing varied information Reading with comprehension 47%Reading fluently 92%Writing conventions 83%Writing content 54%But then I do something strange.I average all these numbers and come up with one number.This number, based on carefully collected data and accurately calculated has no meaning.Make the number 75.Language Arts Grade: 69%
9 We recognized that averaging all of a student’s end products was not giving an accurate or fair picture of a student’s learning. Our assessment practices needed to change.
10 Assessment Triangle Watching what students are doing as they learn. Observation of ProcessCollection of ProductsConversationsWatching what students are doing as they learn.Observation of process is really the day to day observations the teacher makes as the students learn. It can be anything the student shows that they can do or the teacher asks them to do both formal and informal.Collection of products are the pieces of work the teacher collects as evidence of the students learning.Conversations can be between the student and teacher, but could also be listening to the student speak to others, or reading about something the student wrote about their learning.Listening to what students have to say about their own learning.Various types of evidence to show what students can do.
11 Implementation Schedule Fort McMurray Public School District Elementary Report CardImplementation ScheduleGrade 1 through Grade 6 report card will be implemented for the school year.EIPS had developed its own outcomes-based report card, but is letting it go in preference for this one:- cheaper, more sophisticated software, easier to update and keep current- adopted by elementary principals in November 2006.- about 6 school districts are using the same web based delivery system which has been developed by ECSD; others are developing similar report cards around the province
12 The purpose of a report card is to… accurately record a student’s strengths and areas of needreflect a child’s level of achievement in relation to the curriculum outcomesprovide accurate information about a student’s personal growth and learning behavioursassist students, teachers and parents in planning future goals for the studentThe principle behind this kind of reporting is to compare each students’ achievement to stable standards, expectations or levels…rather than to the achievement of other students.The determination of a student’s achievement should be made independently of the achievement of other students.
13 The purpose of a report card is not… …to compare a child’s achievement to the achievement of other students in the class or gradeThe principle behind this kind of reporting is to compare each students’ achievement to stable standards, expectations or levels…rather than to the achievement of other students.The determination of a student’s achievement should be made independently of the achievement of other students.
14 Key Features of the Report Card outcomes-basedachievementlearner behavioursEIPS was developing its own outcomes-based report card, but is letting it go in preference for this one:- cheaper- unanimously adopted by elementary principals in June 2005.Students in grade 3 this year, and their parents, are very familiar with this type of report card.Grade 1 and 2 teachers are very familiar with this type, too.
15 What are Outcomes?Outcomes, or learning outcomes, are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do.Outcomes are from the Alberta curriculum (Program of Studies) for each subject.
16 Examples of Key Learning Outcomes for Alberta’s Students Gr 1 Language ArtsUse a variety of strategies and cues to comprehend textsGr 2 Social StudiesAppreciate the diversity and vastness of Canadian geography in shaping identityGr 3 HealthUse resources to manage and explore life roles and career opportunitiesGr 4 ScienceRecognize and combine the colours of lightGr 6 Physical EducationAcquires skills through activities: games, dance and outdoor pursuitsGr 5 MathematicsDescribe and extend increasing and decreasing patterns
17 Examples of Outcomes for Nurses Here is a similar excerpt for nurses in Alberta.
19 Do you have examples ofoutcomes that need to bemet in your career?
20 Outcomes on the Report Card Grade 3 Mathematics - NumberSequence numbers 0 – 1000 using various multiplesand starting pointsRepresent and describe numbers up to 1000 in a variety of waysCompare and order numbers up to 1000Estimate quantities less than 1000 using referentsIllustrate in a variety of ways the meaning and placevalue of numbers up to 1000Demonstrate an understanding of addition andsubtraction up to 1000This is what the report card looks like for outcomes and achievement levels.Replace these outcomes with grade 6 KLOs from the database
21 What are Achievement Levels? Achievement is an indicator of learning.Learning is based on outcomes (Alberta’s Program of Studies).Students achieve at different levels.
22 Achievement Levels for Curricular Outcomes ProficientMeetsApproachingBeginningWow!The student demonstrates an in-depth and broad understanding of grade level outcomes.Yes!The student consistently demonstrates an understanding of grade level outcomes.Yes, butThe student demonstrates progress toward consistently meeting grade level outcomes.These explanations of the achievement levels (and the levels used for Effort and Learner Attributes) are reproduced in the report card to help parents understand it.Not yetThe student is beginning to demonstrate an understanding of grade level outcomes.
23 Achievement Levels for Curricular Outcomes Grade 3 Mathematics NumberMr. ESequence numbers using various multiples andstarting pointsMeetsRepresent and describe numbers up to 1000 in a variety ofwaysApproachingCompare and order numbers up to 1000Estimate quantities less than 1000 using referentsIllustrate in a variety of ways the meaning of place valuefor numbers up to 1000BeginningDemonstrate an understanding of addition and subtractionup to 1000This is what the report card looks like for outcomes and achievement levels.
25 What are the levels of learning behaviours? Learning behaviours reflect the effort a student applies/demonstrates.Examples of learning behaviours are:resolves problemslistens attentivelyuses time efficientlycompletes assignments and homeworkLearning behaviour includes the learning processes students use as well as their effort.
26 Levels of Learning Behaviours ConsistentlyThe student consistently apples and demonstrates effort towards learningGenerallyThe student generally applies and demonstrates effort towards learningRequires AttentionThe student needs to apply and demonstrate more effort towards learning.
27 Purpose of Teacher Comments Teachers may use comments to elaborate on:achievementlearning behavioursprogressgoals(For example, academic concerns, absenteeism, etc.)
28 The elementary report card is an effective tool because it provides information that supports students’ learningconnects directly to the Program of Studiesis integrated with best practices in assessment for, as and of learning