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1 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Developing an Exemplar Bank Queen Elizabeth High School ELA Team May 16th, 2008

2 Queen Elizabeth High ELA What is an Exemplar? An exemplar is an authentic example of student work annotated to illustrate learning, achievement, and quality in relation to levels described in our Alberta learning outcomes.

3 Queen Elizabeth High ELA What is the purpose of an exemplar? Because we use the same rubric for each grade level, we rely on student examples to provide the “anchor performances” to illustrate the grade level of performance Guides teachers in their interpretation of curriculum levels when making professional judgments about students’ work Illustrates key features of learning, achievement, and quality at a particular stage of student development Helps students, teachers, and parents to identify levels of achievement and next learning step Enables students to more accurately assess themselves Functions as an illustration of the rubric being used – enhances its validity and purpose

4 Queen Elizabeth High ELA We have PAT and DIP exemplars – why develop our own? Existing exemplar banks (from other areas) for 7 and 8 are not specific to our needs There has been an expressed need for this at QE A good exemplar bank is used for instruction as well as assessment PAT (&DIP) exemplars reflect first draft work and are specifically for summative evaluation AB Education specifically states that PAT/DIP exemplars are not intended for instructional use

5 Queen Elizabeth High ELA What we have done in Alberta to create exemplars… Collected examples of student writing that have come from exams and have them annotated by exam markers (we’ve all seen them). The examples are first draft works completed by students in exam conditions Asked teachers to voluntarily contribute student examples. There are a few examples available here (CBE enduring understandings)

6 Queen Elizabeth High ELA What others have done to create exemplar banks… Provided teachers with curriculum standards and have them voluntarily submit student samples. The marking is either holistic or rubrics based and reflects teacher judgment. The annotations are added by teachers or curriculum specialists. (Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Zealand, North Carolina, some districts in NYC)

7 Queen Elizabeth High ELA In New Zealand… …http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/eng/teachers_notes/pdfs/t_notes.pdf For example…

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9 In Ontario… For example…

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11 In Nova Scotia… (http://nswritingexemplars.ednet.ns.ca/overview.htm) In the Nova Scotia Writing Exemplars project, teachers, administrators and students used Ontario Ministry of Education writing tasks and rubrics (scoring scales) with Nova Scotia students. The resulting Nova Scotia writing samples were marked holistically. Those selected for inclusion in this website represent four levels of writing achievement at each grade level, from grades one to eight. The choice of samples reflects the professional judgment of Nova Scotia teachers. The process used for the Nova Scotia Writing Exemplars Project serves as a model for Nova Scotia school boards, schools, and teachers in setting writing tasks in the context of regular classroom work, developing scoring rubrics, assessing the writing of students, and planning for the improvement of student writing. The samples are not intended to be used as standards or bench marks for the province. For example…

12 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Sample Exemplar - Nova Scotia…

13 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Nova Scotia Exemplar annotations … Reasoning fully developed ideas that show a commitment to a social issue Communication is very persuasive uses special terminology (by-law, infringing, democratic rights) contains a wide variety of sentences used effectively Organization organization supports the purpose introduction clearly defines the issue and is connected well to the conclusion Conventions there are practically no errors

14 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Sample Exemplar - NYC

15 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Where can I find exemplars? Alberta Education PAT 9 and DIP 30-1&2 (non-instructional use) Alberta Assessment Consortium Enduring understandings - JH (CBE) QE_ELA D2L shell (permanently Beta) for a collection of all the above

16 Queen Elizabeth High ELA Links to Outside Sources - Exemplars Holt Rinehart:  Interactive models grades 6-12  Student Writer’s Models  Professional Models Greece Central School District (NYC):  Follow this path: Department of Curriculum / ELA / Writing Outcomes / Annotated writing models Nova Scotia: Ontario (1-8):


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