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1 Formative & Summative Assessments Newport Schools ~ March 2011

2 Agenda Overview Pre-Assessment & Debrief Formative assessment & Kentucky (KRS) Assessment Literacy Formative Assessments in the classroom. Why assess? What formative assessment is and is not. Why do formative assessment? Museum walk of Formative Assessments Formative assessments guide instruction What, So What, Now What? Research and resources

3 Common Language Glossary Formative AssessmentSummative Assessment Assessment OF and FOR Learning Balanced Assessments

4 Todays Learning Targets I can recognize and use formative assessment to appraise students, guide instruction, improve learning, and move students towards mastery. I can read about assessment options and practice using them. I can analyze students results and use the information to guide instruction.

5 Pre Assessment Activity Please complete the questions below before the session begins.

6 Debrief As a large group, share your answers to the pre- assessment.

7 Formative Assessment & Kentucky March 2009 Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1 overhauling the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS). One significant change to the law was the addition of language on formative assessment. Before the new accountability system is in place, schools and districts need to understand where they are with formative assessment and to develop balanced assessment plans to increase student learning and motivation.

8 Its the Law KRS (4)(a) The assessment program to be implemented in the academic year shall be composed of annual student assessments and state and local program reviews and audits in selected content areas. (b) The state student assessments may include formative and summative tests… (8) Local school districts may select and use commercial interim or formative assessments or develop and use their own formative assessments to provide data on how well their students are growing toward mastery of Kentucky academic core content. Nothing in this section precludes teachers from using ongoing teacher-developed formative processes.

9 Assessment Literacy According to Rick Stiggins, the nationally recognized authority on assessment literacy, three types of assessments should be included in a school assessment plan. 1.Benchmark Test: In Kentucky, our state testing system serves as a benchmark. 2.Interim Tests: Examples include MAP, Learning Checks (Gr. 3-6), Compass assessments, etc.. These assessments provide valuable data periodically throughout the year to measure students progress and provide information regarding students strengths and weaknesses in specific content areas. 3.Classroom Formative Assessments or Assessment for Learning: These assessments are daily or ongoing and provide critical information to drive instruction.

10 Formative Assessment in the Classroom According to Stiggins, it isn't the assessment itself that's formative or summative. It's really how the results of any assessment are used that determines the label to apply. FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT Looks like: classroom discussions, student-teacher conferences, exit slips, daily review questions. Used for: improving instruction, by knowing what students have learned but have not yet mastered. KRS defines formative assessment as a process used by teachers and students during instruction to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes. Formative assessments may include the use of commercial assessments, classroom observations, teacher-designed classroom tests and assessments, and other processes and assignments to gain information about individual student learning. SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT Looks like: a chapter test, a culminating project, performance events, a final exam. Used for: determining grades or other ultimate measures of student learning. According to KRS , summative assessment means an assessment given at the end of the school year, semester, or other period of time to evaluate students' performance against content standards within a unit of instruction or a course.

11 Why assess?

12 Activity #1: What formative assessment is and isnt Read each of the scenarios. Circle the examples of using assessment FOR learning. Put a box around the examples of assessment OF learning only.

13 What formative assessment is and is not... Example 1: The teacher is passing out the unit test, students are graphing their results and comparing to the last unit test. While students make corrections on the test, the teacher is calling small groups over to a table to review content. Students who do not need to make corrections serve as coaches for students making the corrections. The teacher has recorded the test grades, but also made a list of content that wasnt mastered or with which students struggled. Shell make sure and connect the concepts that werent mastered with the new content students will be learning and bring that content up on future bell ringers. Depending on individual student difficulties with the content, shell work out a tutoring time with the students as needed. Example 2: The teacher is passing out a unit test to students. The teacher talks about the range of scores and asks for students to correct their mistakes. The students get out the test, make corrections and then put the test in the notebook. The teacher records the grades in her gradebook and once the students put the tests away, everyone moves on to a new lesson.

14 Why do formative assessment? Research on classrooms and schools focused on effective classroom assessment found a link to stronger student work. A major review reported significant achievement gains, with low achievers improving the most in reducing achievement gaps. One key study said that students need a clear understanding of the content and performance level they were expected to reach, need to know where their work currently stands, and exactly what action would help them improve to meet the expectation. The focus on the student learning helps us to work smarter, not harder. We can intentionally teach our learners and meet them where they are at.

15 ACTIVITY 2: Chart Paper Museum Walk

16 Museum Walk of Formative Assessments 1. Please complete your posters as modelled by your presenter(s). 2. After completing your posters, please read the article The Best Value in Formative Assessment by Stephen & Jan Chappuis. Highlight some ahas or take-aways. Be prepared to share with your peers. 3.Once everyone has completed the Museum Walk of Formative Assessments. Each group will present their posters. *Please use the handout to brainstorm.

17 Formative Assessments Guide Instruction

18 What, So What, What Now? Please complete the questions below on a piece of paper and turn into your facilitator: WHAT? What did I learn today or what was I reminded of? SO WHAT? What were the most important thoughts you had about this topic? How could it help teaching and learning? NOW WHAT? What three actions are you going to take as a result of this early release PD?

19 Research to support todays learning Assessment Training Institute (2009). Classroom Assessment for Student Learning by Richard J. Stiggins, Judith A. Arter, Jan Chappuis, Stephen Chappuis, Educational Testing Service, Teaching With the Brain in Mind, by Eric Jensen, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, or Brain Compatible Strategies, by Eric Jensen, The Brain Store, (800) or How the Brain Learns, by David Sousa, The Brain Store, (800) or Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning, by Eric Jensen, The Brain Store, (800) or KASC. Closing the Gap: Principles and Plans, Insights, Spring Jenson, Eric. Introduction to Brain Compatible Learning, The Brain Store, December 1, Jenson, Eric. Teaching With the Brain in Mind, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, April 1, Lumsden, Linda. Expectations for Students, ERIC Digest, Number 116, July Re-printed on the web at Kid Source,


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