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1 Implementing Student-Involved Assessment: What Does It Look Like In The Classroom? Bruce Herzog & Joni Heutink Grade 5 Teachers/Trainers/Consultants Nooksack Elementary Nooksack Valley School District



4 It’s the economy, Stupid!

5 It’s the classroom assessment practices, Stupid!

6 Parents: Please DO NOT DISTURB Teachers are in a staff meeting

7 Improving communication with parents.

8 Who are we? What are we selling? Is it relevant for you?

9 We are both currently 5th grade teachers. Between us, over the course of the last 25 years, we have taught every grade from K-5. Together, we have been teaching for over 50 years. We working in a school that has figured out how use student-involved assessment practices to get incredible achievement results from virtually all students. We have been working as trainers, presenters, and consultants across our district and throughout the Northwest for the past 7 years.

10 What is student-involved assessment?

11 CurriculumInstruction Assessment

12 CurriculumInstruction Assessment Clear Targets Goal-Setting Formative Assessments Formative Assessments Summative Assessments Summative Assessments Fair Grading Practices Communication Reinstruction & Reassessment

13 CurriculumInstruction Assessment Clear Targets Goal-Setting Formative Assessments Formative Assessments Summative Assessments Summative Assessments Fair Grading Practices Communication Reinstruction & Reassessment STUDENTS


15 Old: Assessment means testing. New: Assessment is a continuous and dynamic process of communication between teachers, students, and parents regarding students’ achievement and is embedded in everything the teacher and students do all day, every day. Old: Administrators control achievement data and filter it down to teachers, parents, and students. New: Achievement data is directly available to teachers, parents, and students.

16 Old: Teachers set standards. Students may not know or understand grading practices. New: Teachers set standards together with students and students have a clear understanding of grading practices. Old: The target moves from grade to grade and teacher to teacher. New: Teachers work together within and across grade levels to ensure that standards are consistent.

17 Old: The teacher grades papers. Students get papers back with a grade, marks, and/or comments days, or weeks later (or never). New: The teacher only grades summative assessments and discusses results with students in a timely manner. Students assess their own and each other’s formative work together with the teacher. Old: Attitude, effort, late or missing assignments, group work, homework, and extra credit are all factored into a student’s grades. New: Only individual, subject-specific assessment data is used to determine grades. Other factors are reported separately.

18 Old: Assessment is used to sort students. New: Assessment is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses and to help students set goals for what they need to do next. Old: Year after year the same students are successful and the same students aren’t. Unsuccessful students seldom close the achievement gap that separates them from those who are performing at grade level. New: Effective assessment practices can improve grade equivalent scores by several grade levels or up to 15%. Low performing students benefit most!

19 A New Vision of Assessment An unrelenting emphasis on student accountability for learning. All work is expected to be done on time. All work is expected to meet a standard. All students are expected to be prepared for all summative assessments. Immediate and natural consequences for failing to meet learning expectations.

20 A New Vision of Assessment Daily discussions about the purpose for learning and the connection between effort and achievement. Daily reinforcement of the idea of “no excuses” and that it is OK to fail, but not OK to choose failure. Frequent goal-setting, reflection, and communication about achievement by students and by the teacher to parents.

21 A New Vision of Assessment Weekly teacher-created assessments (CBAs) in virtually all subjects with mandatory reinstruction, extra practice, and scheduled retesting for any student who fails to meet grade level standards (repeated as many times as necessary). The use of a simple grading system that is transparent to all students. Frequent teacher-generated achievement progress reports (at least one each month).

22 A New Vision of Assessment The expectation that every student knows his or her current level of achievement in each subject and also knows what he or she needs to do next to maintain or improve his or her level of achievement. A shift in focus from teaching to learning.

23 Some kids come to school to slay the dragon… some come to be slain. Rick Stiggins

24 Why should you believe that there is a connection between student -involved assessment practices and student achievement?

25 Black & Wiliam (1998) International Research Review 0.5 to 1.0 Standard Deviation Score Gain Largest Gain for Low Achievers Bloom (1984) Mastery Learning Research 1.0 to 2.0 S.D. Gain Rivals Impact of One-on-One Tutoring Rodriguez (2004) 0.5 to 1.8 S.D. Gain Effect of Reducing Class Size 0.2 S.D. Gain

26 1.0 Standard Deviation Equals: / 35 Percentile Points on ITBS / 2 to 4 Grade Equivalents / 100 SAT Score Points / 5 ACT Score Points / U.S. TIMMS Rank from 22 of 41 to Top 5 / Potential Elimination of Score Gaps / Unprecedented Achievement Gains

27 Nooksack Valley School District 1,700 students.1,700 students. Three grade PreK-5 elementary schools.Three grade PreK-5 elementary schools. One grade 6-8 middle school.One grade 6-8 middle school. One grade 9-12 high school.One grade 9-12 high school.

28 Grades PreK-5 October 2005 Student Count 271 Classes at each grade level 2 Indian/Alaskan Native 3.3% Asian 1.1% Black 1.5% Hispanic 24.4% White 69.4% Free or Reduced Meals 54.4% Special Education17.0% Transitional Bilingual 19.1% Migrant 8.1% Classroom Teachers22 Avg Years Teacher Experience14.4 Teachers with Master's Degree54.5% Nooksack Elementary (Oct 2006)

29 Nooksack Elementary / 2003/2004: Seattle Pacific University: “From Compliance to Commitment” - one of ten high- achieving elementary schools in Washington state. / 2004/2005: National Blue Ribbon School Award. / 2005/2006: Washington State Distinguished Principal Award (Marion Evenson).

30 / 3rd grade WASL reading: 73%81% / 3rd grade WASL math: 66%83% / 4th grade WASL reading: 94% 94%98%84% / 4th grade WASL writing: 88%93%95%84% / 4th grade WASL math: 88%88%91%84% / 5th grade WASL reading: 92%94% / 5th grade WASL math: 83%92% / 5th grade WASL science: 41% 68%80%86% 2004 2005 2006 2007Nooksack Valley Elementary School

31 / 6th grade WASL reading: 75%86% / 6rd grade WASL math: 59% 63% / 7th grade WASL reading: 67% 67%70%83% / 7th grade WASL writing: 68%67%82%70% / 7th grade WASL math: 59%49%65%74% / 8th grade WASL reading: 73% 75% / 8th grade WASL math: 49%56% / 8th grade WASL science: 30%32%38% 58% 2004 2005 2006 2007Nooksack Valley Middle School

32 / 3rd/4th WASL reading: 73%84% / 3rd/4th WASL math: 66%84% / 4th/5th WASL reading: 98% 94% / 4th/5th WASL math: 91%92% / 4th/5th WASL reading: 94% 92% / 4th/5th WASL math: 88%83% Two Point in Time WASL Data 2005 2006 2007

33 Student-involved assessment practices build student confidence, increase the achievement of all students and have the greatest impact on low-achieving students.

34 Student-involved assessment practices increase student motivation by increasing student success (or, at the very least, they reduce “lack of motivation” as a barrier to learning).

35 Students understand learning targets. Formative assessments are aligned to the targets. Frequent classroom-based summative assessments, reteaching, and retesting. Students set goals and reflect on their learning. Fair, standards-based grading practices are used at all grade levels and in all programs. Students communicate about their own achievement and are involved in conferences with parents at all grade levels.

36 Key Element #1 Establishing Clear Learning Targets: Good assessment practices begin with students having a clear understanding of the specific learning targets they are expected to meet.

37 “Students can hit any target that is clear and that holds still for them.” Rick Stiggins

38 The learning targets need to be clear to the teacher, students, and parents: What do students need to know/do? How well do they need to know/do it? How will you know they know? How will you get them there? What will you do when they fail?

39 Instruction should focus primarily on Washington: Grade Level Expectations (GLEs). Oregon: Content/Achievement/Performance Standards Idaho: Content Standards

40 Passing the test(s) that your state uses for determining AYP must be seen as a valid goal by all teachers, students, and parents! The ability of all students to pass the test(s) that your state uses for determining AYP must be seen as an achievable goal by all teachers, students, and parents! Teachers have a moral obligation to prepare students to be successful on state tests.

41 Procedural directions are not the same thing as learning targets.

42 Understanding by Design (UbD) is a great model for developing clear learning targets. Essential Questions Enduring Understandings Vocabulary Activities Assessments (evidence of learning)

43 Probability (GLE 1.4.1) Essential Questions: How do you determine the likelihood of an event? What is the difference between mathematical and experimental probability? What mathematical notation is used to to express probability? What makes a game fair or unfair?

44 Probability (GLE 1.4.1) Enduring Understandings: Probability is the chance that an event will occur out of all possible events. The actual outcome of an event may differ from its mathematical probability. Probability can be expressed as a fraction or as a number out of a total number. A game is fair if the outcome for all players has an equal mathematical probability.

45 Probability (GLE 1.4.1) Vocabulary: CertainMore Likely/Probable Equally Likely/ProbableLess Likely/Probable ImpossiblePossible Outcomes Mathematical Probability Actual Outcome Experimental Probability Fair/Unfair Experimental Outcome Activities and Assessments

46 To clarify the learning target use: Examples and non-examples Models Rubrics Scoring guides Test specification guides


48 Grade 1 and 2

49 Grade 2 and 3 morning calendar

50 Grade 5 work examples Grade 4 behavior targets

51 Do your students know what they need to know and do they know whether or not they know it?

52 Key Element #2 Engaging Students in Formative Assessment Activities: Throughout a unit of instruction students engage in practice and risk- taking activities and receive feedback that will help them move toward meeting the learning targets.

53 Formative Assessment is individualized assessment FOR learning. Formative Assessment tells a student what he or she needs to do next to improve.

54 Every student needs to be able to answer the question, “What do I need to do next to improve my own work?”

55 Students need to be given multiple “next” opportunities to practice, experiment, and, ultimately, show growth.

56 Good feedback is less like a grade and more like advice.

57 NON-SPECIFIC FEEDBACK produces no changes in learning SPECIFIC FEEDBACK produces positive changes in learning SPECIFIC FEEDBACK & STUDENT SELF-EVALUATION produces the most positive changes in learning

58 What the Research Says: minimum 7% achievement gain (Lysakowski & Walberg, 1981) maximum 41% achievement gain (Kumar, 1991) average 35% achievement gain (nine studies, 1981-1999)

59 It’s OK to mark, grade, or score daily work or homework for the purpose of informing students of work quality or accuracy, but those grades should seldom, if ever, be used to determine a student’s grade in that subject.

60 The teacher frequently conferences individually with students about their work.

61 The teacher provides opportunities for students to assess anonymous samples of work, their own work, and each other’s work.

62 The teacher creates an atmosphere of trust within the classroom where students feel free to take risks.

63 Are you just giving feedback? Or are you taking time to “feed forward?”

64 Key Element #3 Using High Quality Summative Assessments: The teacher uses a variety of high quality assessments that best measures the learning of their students.

65 Summative Assessment is assessment OF learning that has already occurred. Grades are always summative!

66 Tell students, in advance, how they will be assessed, when they will be assessed, how the assessment will be graded, and what the consequences for failing to meet the learning targets will be.

67 Never give a summative assessment without advance warning; no pop quizzes or “gotcha” tests.

68 Use summative assessments that reflect the stated learning targets (no surprises).

69 Good, teacher-created tests are better than commercially-produced tests because they can focus more precisely on the learning targets.

70 For all tests use the smallest sample possible that covers all aspects of the learning target(s). Separate knowledge/comprehension, application/analysis and synthesis/evaluation tests. Creating Summative Assessments

71 Give students the results of summative assessments in a timely manner.

72 What the Research Says: feedback immediately after item: 7% achievement gain feedback immediately after test: 26% achievement gain feedback delayed after test: 21% achievement gain

73 Discuss the results of summative assessments with students so they can use the results to plan and guide their own learning. Every test should also be used as a formative learning activity whenever possible.

74 Use summative assessments as opportunities for students to reflect on their own performance The problem: My answer: The correct answer: What I did wrong:

75 What the Research Says: right/wrong answer: 3% loss in achievement correct answer: 9% achievement gain explanation: 20% achievement gain

76 Whenever possible, whenever any student fails to meet of any of the learning targets the teacher should provide opportunities for additional instruction and practice and should then reassess that student.

77 What do you teach that you don’t want 100% of your students to learn?

78 What the Research Says: when students repeat until correct: 20% achievement gain

79 Conducting frequent summative assessments: Lets students know how they’re doing. Identifies student misconceptions. Provides information for progress reports. Identifies students who need extra help. Minimizes the amount of content to reteach. Makes students accountable for learning.

80 Classroom assessments paint a more accurate picture of student achievement than district or state assessments: They occur more frequently. They cover a specific range of material. They are often more authentic. They use a greater variety of types of assessment. The assessor knows the students. They can be individualized.

81 Using Formative & Summative Assessments Formative: coaching; as it happens; with training wheels. Summative: after instruction & practice; on their own; independently & without help. Be very careful about using formative assessments summatively. Use summative assessments formatively whenever possible.

82 Key Element #4 Involving Students in Goal- Setting and Reflection: Students set goals and reflect on their learning as it progresses and communicate their understanding to others.

83 “Self assessment by pupils, far from being a luxury, is in fact an essential component of formative assessment.” Black & Wiliam, 1998

84 Students must be taught how to set realistic goals.

85 A goal without a plan is just a wish.

86 Students must be held accountable for making progress toward meeting their goals.

87 What the Research Says: minimum 18% achievement gain (Walberg, 1999) maximum 41% achievement gain (Wise & Okey, 1983) average 24.5% achievement gain (three studies, 1983-1999)

88 A key premise is that, for students to be able to improve, they must have the capacity to monitor the quality of their own work during actual production. Royce Sadler, Australia, 1989

89 Portfolios of student work allow students to monitor their progress over time.

90 A portfolio without student reflections is just a scrapbook. Ruth Sutton

91 Key Element #6 Communicating About Student Achievement: Students are the primary users of assessment information and, as such, they regularly communicate about their achievement.

92 When students keep portfolios with self reflections they can see the quality of their work change over time. Result? Success is within reach.

93 When students lead or participate in parent/teacher conferences they gain a greater sense of responsibility and pride in their accomplishments. Result? Greater achievement

94 Involving students in conferences sends a powerful message to students that they are responsible for their own learning.

95 Student-Involved Conferences Don’t have to be student led. Parents want to hear from the teacher. Don’t take more time than traditional conferences. Can look different in different classrooms. Need to be by direction, not by invitation. Provide an opportunity to model communication. Allow teachers to “publicly” recognize students. May require some system changes.

96 Key Element #5 Using Fair Grading Practices: Grades are based on ample evidence that accurately reflects a student’s level of achievement in specific subjects, performances, products, or skills.

97 4 = 88% - 100% exceeding standard 3 = 75% - 87% meeting standard 2 = 62% - 74% not meeting standard 1 = 50% - 61% significantly below standard The NVSD K-8 Grading Scale

98 What does a “C” mean?

99 A = 88 - 100%Exceeds Grade Level Standards B = 75 - 87%Meets Grade Level Standards D = 62 - 74%Doesn’t Meet GLS F = 50 - 61%Significantly Below GLS I = IncompleteNot Enough Evidence Making A-F Grading Standards-Based

100 Fair vs Unfair Grading Scales 100 90 80 70 60 0 ABCDFABCDF 100 88 75 62 50 43214321 100 90 80 60 0 43214321 Fair Unfair

101 4 = 88% - 100% 18-2014-1611-12 3 = 75% - 87% 15-1712-139-10 2 = 62% - 74% 13-1410-118 1 = 50% - 61% 10-128-96-7 Using Points and Percents 20 points16 points12 points

102 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 4 5 6 7 8 75% Using Points to Determine Grades Consistently using just a few simple grading scales allows students to understand what constitutes meeting the standard.

103 J-curve Assessment Results In an ideal assessment system the majority of students will achieve the learning target.

104 A Standard Curve on a Standards-Based Assessment Standard curves may still naturally occur in an ideal assessment system, but the mean, median, and mode scores should all be at or above the grade level standard.

105 In a standards based system grades are criterion referenced and not norm referenced. Student achievement is measured against a standard - students are not compared to each other.

106 Nooksack’s K-8 Grading Scale: 4: exceeding grade level standards 3: meeting grade level standards 2: not meeting grade level standards 1: significantly below grade level standards

107 Grades are motivating for some students.

108 A student’s grades belong to that student.

109 Students need to understand classroom grading practices.

110 Teach students the connection between effort and achievement.

111 A grade, by itself, cannot communicate the complexity of the learning that has occurred.

112 Grades, by themselves, give students LITTLE useful information and do LITTLE to improve student learning.

113 A grade should NOT reflect effort, improvement, extra credit, attitude, absences, or late or missing assignments. (these should all be reported elsewhere)

114 Not everything needs to be graded. (everything counts, but everything doesn’t need to go into the grade book)

115 Put grades into your gradebook in pencil - not in permanent ink.

116 DON’T grade pre-test, practice, risk-taking, or formative tasks. DON’T give group grades for cooperative work. DON’T factor late work, effort, or improvement into achievement grades. DON’T give achievement grades for homework or other work that you can’t be sure was completed by the student alone.

117 Extra Credit A student’s grade should not go up simply because that student has done extra work. A student’s grade should go up if doing that extra work results in higher achievement.

118 Get rid of the zero score.

119 All grading is subjective.

120 All grades must be justifiable. (measurement theory says that you need at least 3 pieces of good evidence for triangulation)

121 There are no right grades - only justifiable grades

122 GOOD PRACTICES REGARDING GRADING Use the most-recent evidence. Use the most-comprehensive forms of evidence. Use evidence that reflects the most important learning goals. Use only selective, representative grades.

123 2 1 2 3 2 3 4 3 Average = 2 Most-Recent Evidence = 3 It’s OK to use averaging to calculate a student’s grade, but only when averaging gives a result that accurately reflects achievement.

124 Most computer grading programs convert scores to percents and then average those percents to arrive at a grade.

125 When using any grading scale, the highest possible score needs to be within reach of all students. (the “achievable” 4)

126 When using any grading scale, all the scores on the scale need to be available to all students.

127 When using any grading scale, the divisions between grades need to be equal. (a “fair” grading scale)

128 An adopted grading scale provides a consistent standard for determining grades, but ultimately it is the teacher who decides the grading standard for each assessment because it is the teacher who chooses how many questions to ask, what type of questions to include, the level of difficulty of the questions, and what constitutes “meeting the standard.” (remember: all grading is subjective)

129 What standard do you set for your students? …your airline pilot? …your surgeon? More importantly, what standard do your students set for themselves? …your hairdresser?

130 The grading standards for each subject, performance, product, or skill should be consistent within and across grade levels. Consistent standards can only be achieved through collaboration.

131 A student’s classroom grades should predict that student’s level of achievement on state and district assessments.

132 The grades a student receives can have a tremendous impact on that student’s life - especially in high school.

133 Good grading practices are important, but you don’t fatten a pig by weighing it!

134 Student-Involved Assessment: Anything you do that helps students: Understand learning targets. Engage in self-assessment. Watch themselves grow. Talk about their growth. Plan the next steps in their learning.

135 Everyone Wins Students Teachers Parents Administrators More accurate assessments Stronger desire to learn Increased achievement Accountability for performance

136 Teaching is like trying to row a boat across a lake with one student at a time. Some kids will help you row. Some kids will make you do all the rowing. Some kids will try and jump out. Student-involved assessment practices force students to grab the oars!

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