NCMSA10: Formative Assessments in the Classroom

Denise Vargas and Jeri Jefferies

Lufkin Road Middle, Raleigh, NC

MY NOTES IN ALL CAPS

Using eInstructions Clickers as part of the presentation

Know from classroom results that they are going in the right direction…still a work in progress…noticed significant decrease in Ds and Fs in their classes WONDER HOW THIS FITS IN WITH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE REWORK POLICIES, NO ZERO POLICIES, ETC…SHOULD ALREADY SEE A DECREASE IN # OF Ds AND Fs

NOW DISCUSSING GRADING PRACTICES…

There was so much arguing in county that they didn’t feel they were getting anywhere. Wormeli and O’Conner books stirred the pot within the county, presenters had an A-HA moment about including formative assessment as part of the assessment process.

Process

  • Main Goal: Students to achieve mastery of SCOS
  • Secondary Goals: students develop responsibility, progress, fairness, and research based strategies
  • Curriculum Guide:
  • Formative Assessment Toolkit
  • Planned Units

Formative Assessment IQ with clickers INCLUDING A PITCH FOR EINSTRUCTION CPS…*SIGH*…NOTE TO SELF: IT’S ABOUT ASSESSMENT…NOT THE TOOL…ADDITIONALLY, SHE CAN’T GET THE SOFTWARE TO WORK FOR US TO TAKE THE QUIZ…NOW DOING A SHOW OF HANDS

  • What is your current understanding of Formative Assessment…

GIVEN A HANDOUT THAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD…WONDERING IF IT’S AVAILABLE DIGITALLY TO PASS ON TO YOU ALL…

RESOURCES:

  • Power Standards: Ainsworth and Reeves
  • 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom: Dodge
  • Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading: Marzano
  • Classroom Assessment and Grading that Work: Marzano
  • Making Standards Useful in the Classroom: Marzano
  • Classroom Instruction that Works: Marzano
  • Understanding By Design: McTighe and Wiggins
  • A Repair Kit for Grading: O’Connor
  • The Differentiated Classroom: Tomlinson
  • Curriculum Matters: Wake Co. Quarterly Progress Audit
  • Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Wormeli
  • Summarization in Every Subject: Wormeli

ONCE THINGS FINALLY GOT ROLLING THE INFORMATION WASN’T TERRIBLE…BUT THE RESTARTS AND HANGUPS REALLY DISRUPTED THE FLOW OF THE SESSION.  THE LIST OF RESOURCES ABOVE ARE DEFINITELY WORTHWHILE.

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3 Responses

  1. Hey Todd — Thanks for posting this. ‘Sure hope folks get into the discussions. They way we grade and assess has fundamental effect on almost every single aspect of instruction and student relationships — they are that important. To spend time on instruction and not on solid assessment practices is operating blind in the classroom. I loved your comment about everything should be about assessment, not the tool — Let’s keep that one out front. Go, Todd, go! — Rick

    • Thanks for the comment Rick. I totally agree. I was very disappointed to see the session falling flat due to technology and flow problems. Hopefully the folks who were there gained something from the session, if nothing other than a good list of resources to get the discussion flowing. Thanks for reading!

  2. You know, I’ve noticed that with a number of tech presentations. The glitches dilute the powerful message, and I wonder if presenters shouldn’t be more prepared for this, and have pre-recorded demonstrations to pull up just in case. It seems like this would be easy to do. We wouldn’t have the live, interactive nature with the person on the other end of the line, but gosh, we’d be interative with the presenter in front of us, which can be just as good. With everything on the cutting block in this economy, educational technology doesn’t have much room to for cynical response from underwhelmed audiences. And wow, grading and assessment are so important to discuss, I’d hate for folks to associate one more negative, irrationally connected to technology though it may be. — Rick

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