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1 Building Systems of Assessments that Support Deeper Learning Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee, July 15, 2014

2 The Changing Demand for Job Skills (United States) 2 Source: Autor, David H. and Brendan M. Price "The Changing Task Composition of the US Labor Market: An Update of Autor, Levy, and Murnane (2003)." MIT Mimeograph, June.

3 Current Tests Focus on Lower-Level Skills RAND study of 17 states’ tests: Only 2% of math items and 21% of ELA items assess higher-order skills. After NCLB, most states phased out performance assessments that could assess higher-order skills. 3

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5 2012 PISA Reading Singapore Japan Korea Finland Canada Ireland Poland Estonia Lichtenstein Australia US is #21 Mathematics Singapore Korea Japan Lichtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Estonia Finland Canada Poland US is # 32 Science Singapore Japan Finland Estonia Korea Vietnam Poland Canada Lichtenstein Germany US is #23

6 High Achievers Use: -- Open-ended essays and problems to be solved and explained -- Performance tasks that require students to design and conduct investigations, collect data, analyze and present findings in writing, orally, and with technology 6 Other Nations Assess the Full Range of College & Career Ready Skills

7 Research finds that these assessments: Can be scored reliably by teachers with moderation and auditing systems Enable teachers to learn about the standards, curriculum, and teaching Support more rigorous instruction and more intensive learning 7

8 S INGAPORE E XAMINATIONS AND A SSESSMENT B OARD 8 To Assess Experimental Skills and Investigations, Students…  Identify a problem, design and plan an investigation, evaluate their methods and techniques  Follow instructions and use techniques, apparatus and materials safely and effectively  Make and record observations, measurements, methods, and techniques with precision and accuracy  Interpret and evaluate observations and experimental data SINGAPORE SCHOOL-BASED SCIENCE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

9 GCSE ICT Task (England) Litchfield Promotions promotes bands and puts on performances in England. They need to be sure that each performance will make enough money to cover all the costs and make a profit. Many people need to be paid: the bands; sound engineers; and, lighting technicians. There is also the cost of hiring the venue. Litchfield Promotions needs to create an ICT solution to ensure that they have all necessary information and that it is kept up to date. Their solution will show income, outgoings and profit. Candidates need to: 1) Work with others to plan and carry out research to investigate how similar companies have produced a solution. 2) Clearly record and display your findings. 3) Recommend and evaluate a solution addressing the task requirements. 4) Produce a design brief explaining & critiquing your solution.

10 1.Common standards are grounded in a thoughtful, lean curriculum, which informs teacher planning, but is not a straitjacket. It is managed as part of an integrated system of curriculum, assessment, instruction, and teacher development. Teaching and Learning are supported by a coherent SYSTEM

11 2. Teachers are integrally involved in the development of curriculum at the school level and the development and scoring of moderated assessments. Teachers are Deeply Involved

12 Teacher Collaboration in Design, Review, Scoring, and Evaluation

13 3. Open-ended assessments include evidence of actual student performance on challenging tasks that evaluate applications of knowledge and skills. Performance is Valued

14 4.Assessment measures are structured to continuously improve teaching and learning. The goal is Assessment of, as, and for Learning

15 Policy Contexts for Performance Assessments Formative tools for diagnosis and instruction Components of summative assessments Scored component of (end of) course exams Assessments for proficiency-based decisions Graduation portfolios, including exhibitions Digital portfolios for college admissions/ placement

16 Queensland’s System of Curriculum and Assessments Pre-Secondary LevelSenior Level (Grades 11-12) Curriculum GuidanceEssential Learnings: Scope and sequence guides, unit templates, plus assessable elements and quality descriptors (rubrics) Syllabi for each subject outlining content & assessments External testsNational tests of literacy and numeracy at grades 3, 5, 7, 9 -- Centrally scored Queensland Core Skills Test, grade 12 (used for moderation) State guided / Locally administered performance tasks Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks (QCAT): Common performance tasks locally administered & scored at grades 4, 6, and 9 Course assessments, outlined in syllabus -- locally scored / externally moderated Locally developed assessments Local performance assessment systems - locally scored and externally moderated - all grades Graduation portfolios -- locally scored / externally moderated 16

17 17 Extended Experimental Investigation at the Senior Level (Grade 11-12) Over four or more weeks, students must develop and conduct an extended experimental investigation to investigate a hypothesis or to answer a practical research question. Experiments may be laboratory or field based The outcome of the investigation is a written scientific report of 1500 to 2000 words. The student must: develop a planned course of action clearly articulate the research question and provide a statement of purpose for the investigation provide descriptions of the experiment show evidence of student design provide evidence of primary and secondary data collection and selection execute the experiment(s) analyze data discuss the outcomes of the experiment evaluate and justify conclusion(s)

18 Assessment Continuum C-PAS College Ready Assess- ments Narrow Assessment Assessments of Deeper Learning CCSS Assessments (SBAC & PARCC) Common Performance Tasks (Ohio, NH, New York) Student- Designed Projects (Envision, NY Performance Standards Consortium, Singapore, IB) Traditional Tests Descriptions Standardized, multiple- choice tests of routine skills Standardized performance tasks (1-2 weeks) that include structured inquiry and demand more integrated skills, including collaboration Examples Standardized tests with m-c & open-ended items + short (1-2 day) performance tasks of some applied skills Performance tasks that require students to formulate and carry out their own inquiries, analyze & present findings, and (sometimes) revise in response to feedback Longer, deeper investigations,(2 -3 months) & exhibitions, including graduation portfolios, requiring students to initiate, design, conduct, analyze, revise, and present their work in multiple modalities

19 19 5 C RITERIA FOR H IGH -Q UALITY S YSTEMS OF A SSESSMENT

20 1. ASSESS HIGHER ORDER SKILLS

21 2. Assess Critical Abilities with High-Fidelity Research and analysis Experimentation and evaluation Written communication (reading, writing) Oral communication (speaking, listening) Use of technology Collaboration, Modeling, design, and problem solving 21

22 3. Be Internationally Benchmarked Rigorous content Productive tasks assessing 21 st century skills High performance standards 22

23 4. Be Instructionally Sensitive and Educationally Valuable Underlying concepts should be teachable and learnable in school contexts Not depending on tricky interpretations that mostly reflect test-taking skills Not based on students’ ‘cultural capital’ or outside-of-school experiences Assessments should engage students in instructionally valuable activities Results from the tests should provide instructionally useful information. 23

24 5. Be Valid, Reliable and Fair Measure well what they purport to measure Accurately evaluate students' abilities Assess reliably across contexts and scorers Be unbiased Be accessible to a diverse learners Be used appropriately Support positive outcomes for students and instruction. 24

25 To Accomplish this, New Systems of Assessment Should: Include locally implemented performance tasks as well as “on-demand” tests that are more sophisticated Involve teachers in design, review, and scoring of both kinds of assessments Provide information useful for developing curriculum and teaching Keep track of learning in many ways that support student agency and reflection Be used for improvement, not punishment 25

26 How is a “System of Assessment” built? Put the individual student in the center and consider: What are the knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical to completion of K-12 education and postsecondary success? How might students, teachers, and policymakers keep track of different kinds of learning? What student measures do we already – or plan to – collect? How could we develop a profile of student success?

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28 Interactive Elements of an Assessment System 28 Standardized Tests (with Performance Components) Performance-Based Assessments / Portfolios Used to validate local assessment results Used to enrich test results and inform teaching

29 Steps in Creating a System of Assessments Define college and career readiness Evaluate the gap between the system as it now exists and the desired system Identify the information needed for different users: -- Policymakers (state / local) -- Students and parents -- Teachers -- Higher education and employers Identify purposes for state and local assessments 29

30 Creating a System of Assessments (2) Consider a continuum of assessments that address different purposes Develop assessments that can provide a profile of student abilities and accomplishments Connect these assessments to curriculum, instruction, and professional development in a productive teaching and learning system Create an accountability system that encourages the kinds of learning and practice that are needed to reach the goals of college and career readiness. 30

31 Tasks for States and Districts 31

32 The CCSSO Innovation Lab Network Performance Assessment Project: Works with states and districts to develop an Assessment Bank of exemplary performance tasks that evaluate CCSS standards and 21 st century skills. Helps states and districts develop and pilot tasks and assessment strategies to measure the identified standards, support professional development for teachers, and build state and local capacity. Supports states as they develop / refine a policy framework for integrating this wider array of strategies into an overall system of assessments.

33 Innovation Lab Network Partners 33

34 A Performance Assessment Task Bank 34

35 Examples of Tasks - Mathematics Suggested Course Grade Level(s) Task TitleTask Overview Algebra9-10 The Rising Cost of Education Students will act as a reporter for the US News and World Report magazine, who is writing an article about the rising cost of obtaining a college education. In order to be able to write the article students will first collect and analyze data on the cost of a college education. They will create equations and graphs showing the rising cost of education at different types of colleges including an in-state college, a community college, an out-of-state college, and an Ivy League college. Algebra 211 Which is a Better Deal? Getting a “good deal” is a challenge for every consumer. In this task, students will strengthen their skills to make well-informed purchasing decisions as they might in the real world. Students will identify multiple options of a good or service they want to purchase and use mathematical reasoning skills to evaluate their options. Students will produce a lab report detailing their analysis and reasoning. 35


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