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1 T Providing parents the key to understanding assessment Margaret Pupillo, Area Superintendent Susan Baker, STEMKimberly Jenks, Exceptional Child Errol Dice, Behavior Audra Wheeler, Professional Learning LaKenji Hastings, Assessment Hannah Zey, Humanities Informed Parent Session Presented by the NWLC

2 Educate about Fulton County Schools’ vision of balanced assessment Enlighten parents on the shift to the Georgia Milestones Assessment System Equip parents with knowledge about the resources being used to assist students in meeting learning goals This slide is static and does not animate. Desired Outcomes:

3 Four Key Understandings to Unlock Balanced Assessment Instructional Shifts Assessment Shifts (GMAS) FCS Assessment Resources The animation automatically begins.

4 - To plan learning -To support learning -To monitor learning -To verify learning Why do we assess? Balanced Assessment This slide is static and does not animate.

5 Balance is KEY to Growth Plan and individualize instruction by determining student prior knowledge DiagnosticFormativeMid-unit FormativeSummativeReteach/Recovery Monitor learning and evaluate instructional effectiveness; Feedback High quality, practice assessment for instructional decision making Monitor learning and evaluate instructional effectiveness; Feedback Used to verify learning and quality of instruction; can be formative as well. Assessment given to measure growth after re- teaching and remediation The animation automatically begins.

6 State Required: -GKIDS-Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) -Georgia Milestones EOG-GA Alternate Assessment -ACCESS (ELLs) System Level: -Diagnostic Placement -ITBS -STAR Balanced Assessment Resources: -Math Pre-Unit Assessments -Writescore -Math Unit Assessments -DRA2 -ELA Performance Assessments -Fountas & Pinnell BAS -Item Bank Questions -GMAS Diagnostics This slide is static and does not animate. Fulton County Balanced Assessment Plan (K-5):

7 Achievement One time snapshot of student performance Looks at the collective performance Summative Example: 97% of 3 rd Grade students passed the reading CRCT. Growth Look at student performance over time Better inform students, parents and teachers of student strengths and lesser strengths Example: Kevin showed an 35% increase in his ability comprehend informational text. 7 Achievement vs. Growth

8 1.Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts 2.Reading and writing grounded in evidence from text 3.Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary Common Core Instructional Shifts Key ELA/Literacy Shifts This slide is static and does not animate.

9 1.Greater focus on fewer topics 2.Coherence: Linking topics and thinking across grades 3.Rigor: Pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity Common Core Instructional Shifts Key Mathematic Shifts This slide is static and does not animate.

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11 Georgia Milestones Coherent -Consistent expectations regarding rigor and student preparedness within grades and courses and with external measures Comprehensive -Single program across the subjects and grades Consolidate -Reading, language arts, and writing into one assessment

12 Coherent Information through Rigorous Assessments GMAS (EOG&EOC) NAEP ITBS SAT ACT

13 Comprehensive Grades 3 – 8 End of Grade (EOG) in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies

14 Consolidated Consolidation of English Language Arts English Language Arts and reading will be combined and a writing component added for every grade level and course within the ELA assessment One overall ELA score and proficiency designation Reporting categories below the overall content area will be reported similar to the domains on the CRCT Cannot make proficiency claims at the lower level reporting categories

15 Georgia Milestones Transition to Online Starts this school year Online administration will be the primary mode of administration for Georgia Milestones for all grades – Year 1: minimum of 30% online – Year 3: minimum of 80% online – Year 5: minimum of 100% online EVERY School will participate in online testing this school year Paper/pencil versions will be available for the small number of students who cannot interact with computer due to their disability. Braille forms will be available.

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17 FCS Spring EOG Test Schedule (Students will not test for 11 days.)

18 Georgia Milestones KEY Things to note…. First year results will be delayed until fall of 2015 due to standard setting The State Board has waived through July 2015: – Promotion, Placement, and Retention sections (3)(a), (3)(b), (3)(c) – Statewide Passing Score sections (2)(d), (2)(e), (2)(f)

19 Georgia Milestones KEY Things to note…. While the state board has waived student accountability this first year, it has not waived implementation of the EOG or EOC Students will receive results that will be included in their permanent record in the fall of 2015

20 Georgia Milestones Unique Features

21 Blended: Criterion-Referenced & Norm-Referenced Criterion-Referenced Did students learn a specific body of knowledge Meet a set cut score to determine proficiency Norm-Referenced Designed to rate and rank test takers in relation to others Generally reported as percentages

22 Georgia Milestones Georgia Milestones is primarily a criterion- referenced test, reflecting the content standards for each grade and course teachers should teach the Georgia state-adopted content standards and not to the NRT standards All accountability uses of the test results – for both students and educators – will be based on the criterion-referenced scores and proficiency determinations

23 Key to Understanding Changes in Special Education Test Parameters

24 Common Accommodations Online Only Read Aloud IEP Team cannot decide on human reader Small group not required

25 Needs Careful Consideration Paper & Online version Scribe Should be used infrequently Many specific requirements for use of this accommodation

26 Accommodations Cycle Select Accommodations Use/Practice accommodations in classroom Evaluate use and effectiveness of accommodations

27 Online Tools for ALL Students Blocking Tool Eraser Highlighter Magnifying Glass Mark for Review Online Calculator – if allowable Option Eliminator Scratch Pad Test Pause

28 Use the following link to access the site: Note that no login is required. All you need to do to access a test is to click on the login button to begin your experience. Experience Online Testing in Georgia 28

29 What’s different about GMAS?

30 Item Types Selected-Response [aka, multiple-choice] all content areas evidence-based selected response in ELA Constructed-Response ELA and mathematics Extended-Response ELA and mathematics Technology Enhanced to begin in

31 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters ELA - 3 sections, 1 of which will focus mainly on writing Mathematics, Science and Social Studies will consist of 2 sections Each section will be approximately 70 minutes.

32 Writing at Every Grade Level All students will encounter a constructed-response item allowing for narrative prose, in response to text, within the 1 st or 2 nd test section. Writing prompts will be informative/explanatory or opinion/argumentative depending on the grade level. Students could encounter either genre. Georgia Milestones

33 ELA Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 44 / Total Number of Points: 55 Breakdown by Item Type: 40 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; 10 of which are aligned NRT ) 2 Constructed Response (2 points each) 1 Constructed Response (worth 4 points ) 1 Extended Response (worth 7 points) Norm-Referenced Total Number of Items: 20 (10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test Total field test items: 6 Total number of items taken by each student: 60

34 Sample ELA GMAS Items Fourth GradeSeventh GradeAm. Literature What is the theme of the story, The Great Surprise, and how does the author reveal this theme? Use details from the story to support your answer. What are two central ideas that can be found in BOTH “Animal Roles and Relationships” and “Unusual Animal Friendships”? Use details from BOTH articles to support your answer. The author claims that Dickey’s career as a poet declined after the success of his novel Deliverance. How does the author develop this claim? Use details from the text to support your answer.

35 Georgia Milestones Mathematics Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 53 / Total Number of Points: 58 Breakdown by Item Type: 50 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; 10 of which are aligned NRT) 2 Constructed Response (worth 2 points each) 1 Constructed Response (worth 4 points) Norm-Referenced Total Number of Items: 20 (10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test Total field test items: 10 Total number of items taken by each student: 73

36 Constructed Response George and Ana each had a 12-inch pizza. Both pizzas were split into 8 equal pieces. The shaded pieces are the portion of their pizzas that George and Ana ate. Express in fractions how much pizza George and Ana ate. Use the symbol to show who ate more pizza. > The content and presentation of these items are for illustrative purposes only. George Ana

37 Constructed Response 12 inches George Ana 9 inches 12 inches George 12 inches Carlos The content and presentation of these items are for illustrative purposes only.

38 Georgia Milestones Science/Social Studies Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 55 / Total Number of Points: 55 Breakdown by Item Type: 55 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; approximately 10 of which are aligned NRT) Norm-Referenced Total Number of Items: 20 (approximately 10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test Total field test items: 10 Total number of items taken by each student: 75

39 Key Resources Available To Support GA Students & Teachers

40 State Resources Available Content standards (GPS & CCGPS) Sample items formative items via Georgia FAR; released items via PARCC, Smarter Balance, other states (KY, NY) Lexiles

41 State Resources Available NOW CRCT Readiness Indicators Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) professional learning modules Aligns to TKES/LKES NAEP Item Tool

42 Resources Sample items specific to Georgia Milestones Ancillary support resources, such as Content Descriptions (test blueprints) Student Study Guides Technology Specifications Accommodations Guidelines Assessment for Learning Modules [types of items to elicit evidence of student learning] Informational videos [parents & public / educators]

43 What is Fulton County doing to support students and teachers? 43

44 Assessment Program Specialists Carla Austin, CLC LaKenji Hastings, NWLC Orrie Henry, NELC Heavenly Montgomery, SLC 44

45 FIP Implementation & Sustainability Assessment Leaders Cohort (ALC) Assessment Leaders Cohort (ALC) will focus on professional learning resources from Georgia’s Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) modules. The purpose of the ALC is to secure a cohort of teachers who are able to build capacity within their schools on assessment related practices. FIP is the median we will use to engage in deeper conversations related to instruction and assessments.

46 Thank you for being so attentive. Questions & Answers 46


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