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Assessment Literacy: From Theory to Practice Webinar Series February-April 2009 Facilitated by Deb Farrington

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4 Part Webinar Series 1. Developing a Standards-Based Assessment System 2. Using Standards and Learning Targets to Assess Student Understanding 3. Analyzing Effective Assessment Practices 4. Implementing Classroom Formative Assessment Strategies

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Reflection Question How has the information from the first webinar impacted your thinking and/or use of data and assessment? How has the information from the first webinar impacted your thinking and/or use of data and assessment?

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Article Review Answering the Questions that Count. Examining student data through the lens of pressing questions can mobilize staff, promote data literacy, and help raise student achievement. ~ David Ronka, Mary Ann Lachat, Rachel Slaughter and Julie Meltzer January 2009 Ed.Leadership

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A Standards-Based Model DATA

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If Curriculum is defined as… …desired performances of understanding. …desired performances of understanding. Then the next step is to… Unpack the Standards Unpack the Standards Identify the underlying concepts and skills needed for students to demonstrate proficiency at each grade level.

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The Dichotomy of an Unpacked Standard GLE Standard SkillConceptSkillConcept Learning Targets I Can… Statements

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Why Unpack the Standards? Fosters a process for collegial dialogue Fosters a process for collegial dialogue Eliminates redundancy and focuses instruction Eliminates redundancy and focuses instruction Promotes consistency Promotes consistency Provides equity Provides equity Promotes continuity between grade levels and between schools Promotes continuity between grade levels and between schools Increases student learning for ALL Increases student learning for ALL

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What are Learning Targets? A Learning Target is any achievement expectation we have for students on the path toward meeting a standard. A Learning Target is any achievement expectation we have for students on the path toward meeting a standard. It specifically states what we want the students to learn and be able to do. It specifically states what we want the students to learn and be able to do. Learning Targets should be formatively assessed to monitor progress toward meeting a standard. Learning Targets should be formatively assessed to monitor progress toward meeting a standard.

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Standards and Targets To fully utilize the Standards and Grade Level Expectations, educators must be able to answer the following questions: What specific content and skills are embedded within the standards and GLEs? What specific content and skills are embedded within the standards and GLEs? How are learning targets used by teachers and shared students? How are learning targets used by teachers and shared students?

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A Process for Unpacking Standards and GLEs See Handout Using GLEs to Create Learning Targets Template

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Grade Level Expectation : The student communicates his or her mathematical thinking by [4] PS-3 representing problems using mathematical language including concrete, pictorial, and/or symbolic representation; or by organizing and communicating mathematical problem-solving strategies and solutions to problems (M8.2.1, M8.2.2, & M8.2.3 The student demonstrates an ability to analyze data (comparing, explaining, interpreting, evaluating or drawing or justifying conclusions by [4] S&P-2 using information from a variety of displays (tables, bar graphs, or Venn diagrams )

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Nouns/ Concepts: Verbs/Skills:

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Nouns/ Concepts: Verbs/Skills: Data Information Displays of Data: Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams Conclusions Demonstrates Analyze: compare, explain, interpret, evaluate, draw conclusions, justify

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What specifically do you want students know and be able to do to meet this learning expectation? In your own words…

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What specifically do you want students know and be able to do to meet this learning expectation? Students can look at a display of data, explain what it means and use the information to solve a math problem.

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Write the learning targets in student friendly language as I Can Statements Learning Targets are specific achievement expectations we have for students on the path toward meeting a standard. You may have 1-4 learning targets for some standards, and more for more complex standards/GLEs. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Write the learning targets in student friendly language as I Can Statements Learning Targets are specific achievement expectations we have for students on the path toward meeting a standard. You may have 1-4 learning targets for some standards, and more for more complex standards/GLEs.. 1. I can look at a display of data and name what the data is showing. 2. I can use the information on a display of data to solve a math problem. 3. 3. I can fill in missing information on a display of data. 4. I can explain how I solved a math problem in writing.

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Next Handout Using Unpacked Standards and Learning Targets to Assess Student Understanding Using Unpacked Standards and Learning Targets to Assess Student Understanding

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Learning Target #1Learning Target #2Learning Target #3Learning Target #4 The underlying skills and concepts necessary for the student to demonstrate an understanding of the standard/ GLE. I can look at a display of data and name what the data is showing. I can use the information on a display of data to solve a Math problem. I can fill in missing information on a display of data. I can explain how I solved the math problem in writing. Stop Light Check: Green = Evidence Good to Go! Yellow = Limited Evidence Proceed with Caution Pink = No Evidence Instructional Need Student WorkEvidence? #1 Billy #2 Jason #3 Lisa #4 Courtney

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Next Handouts Using Math Learning Targets and Student Work Samples 1-4

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SAMPLE ASSESSMENT Sue is making the bar graph below to show the favorite art supplies of the students in her art class. There are 25 students in Sue's art class. All of the students chose crayons, paint, clay, or markers as their favorite art supply. Complete the bar graph to show the number of students who chose paint as their favorite art supply. Explain how you got your answer.

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How is performance towards standards demonstrated at the classroom level?

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Video Clip Using Aligned Standards and Learning Targets in the Classroom What are the implications for teaching and learning?

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Think Backward To begin with the end in mind meansTo begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction. Stephen Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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3 Stages of Backward Design 1. Identify desired results. 2. Determine acceptable evidence. 3. Plan learning experiences & instruction.

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Analyzing your Classroom Assessments Fundamental Questions What standard(s) are you assessing? What standard(s) are you assessing? What kind of evidence are you gathering? What kind of evidence are you gathering? What levels of performance do you expect? What levels of performance do you expect? How will the assessment be used? How will the assessment be used?

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Closing Thought Assessment and evaluation are no longer the product of teaching, they are the tools that learners and teachers use to support learning.

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