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Monday, April 15, 2013

Formative Assessment In A Primary Classroom

I really like the idea of how to use labels for formative assessment. Check out the link below!

Friday, January 4, 2013

KRP Resources

The following books are located in my office for you to use:

  • Teaching Essentials: Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8
  • Great Performances: Creating Classroom-Based Assessment Tasks
  • I See What You Mean: Visual Literacy K-8
  • Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  • One Classroom, Many Learner: Best Literacy Practices for Today's Multilingual Classrooms
  • Guiding Readers Through Text: Strategy Guides for New Times
  • Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures

Friday, November 16, 2012

Available Resources

We have several new books and resources that you can check out from my office. Below I have listed some of the new additions that you may want to use. I have highlighted some of my favorites that are easy to implement or just resources you can take and use in the classroom with little preparation.

  • Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking
  • Differentiating Assessment in the Writing Workshop
  • Early Literacy Intervention Activities
  • 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom
  • Differentiating Reading Instruction for Success with RTI
  • 3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency and Comprehension
  • The Struggling Reader: Interventions That Work
  • The 10 Secrets to Higher Student Achievement
  • Assessment and Intervention Handbook: Literacy (Grades K-1 and 2-3)
  • Assessment and Intervention Handbook: Math (Grade K-1 and 2-3)
  • Math Assessment Tasks: Quick Check Activities (Grade 2)
  • 180 Days of Math (Separate book for K-5)
  • Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
  • Math Tutor Boxes (Grade K-2) This would be great for learning centers or intervention

Friday, October 26, 2012

Assessment and Accountability Data

Taken from Kentucky Teacher:

The Kentucky Department of Education will release test score and school/district accountability data on Friday, Nov. 2.
This marks the first release of data from the Unbridled Learning accountability model, which Kentucky implemented beginning in the 2011-12 school year. The data to be released on Nov. 2 reflects test scores and other information from that school year.
The Unbridled Learning model holds public schools and districts accountable for five primary areas:
  • Achievement – student performance on subject-area tests
  • Gap – gaps in academic performance among students who are ethnic minorities, have disabilities, are English language learners or come from low-income households and students who do not fit into those categories
  • Growth – student academic growth in reading and mathematics
  • College/Career Readiness – how well schools and districts prepare students for life after high school
  • Graduation Rate – how many students graduate on time
 Each school and district will receive an overall score on a scale from 1 to 100. Those scores will be rank-ordered by district and by elementary, middle and high school levels, then percentiles will be established so that each school and district will receive a percentile rank.
 Schools and districts also will receive overall classifications, based on their overall scores:
  • Distinguished – the top 10 percent of districts or schools from the elementary, middle and high school levels (90th percentile)
  • Proficient – in the top 30 percent of districts or schools from the elementary, middle and high school levels (70th percentile)
  • Needs Improvement – schools/districts falling outside of the Proficient or Distinguished categories and not meeting their AMOs (at or below the 69th percentile)
 The Unbridled Learning accountability model is used for both state and federal reporting purposes. In early 2012, Kentucky received flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education to use this model in place of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) model that had been in place since 2001.
The Kentucky Department of Education has developed several resources that may aid in understanding of the new system.
  • a Frequently Asked Questions document that contains information related to the new system and data
  • a video presentation, including a PowerPoint document, Q&A and questions from parents, aimed at reporters and editors and describing the data
  • A Parent’s Guide to Accountability and A Parent’s Guide to Testing
Go to the following link to view a message to parents about test scores, a webcast on the accountability model and other related resources.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Deconstructed Standards

Here are the links to the deconstructed standards that you will need for our meeting on Wednesday.

ELA Standards:

Math Standards:

Next Generation Science Standards

Below is the link you received this morning that explains how to read the standards and offer any feedback. The deadline to make comments is June 1st. It looks like they will be complete in spring 2013!