Published on October 2, 2014
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Agenda Assessment Fidelity WriteWell© Pre and Post Assessments How do you administer the assessment? Determine Protocol Scoring Fidelity How do you score the assessment? Scoring Protocol Anchor Papers What is a good example of a 4,3,2,1? Practice
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“Assigning writing is easy. Teaching writing is really hard.” “We need to teach our students to read like writers and write like readers.” Kelly Gallagher, Author and Teacher http://www.kellygallagher.org/index.html View slide
Note: “On Demand” writing is a necessary skill. However, giving writing prompts every day is not writing instruction – it’s assigning writing.
What is the WriteWell© Curriculum? It is a carefully sequenced, coherent K-12 writing curriculum that follows a Writing Workshop format designed to: Continually improve meet the needs of all students increase writing proficiency at every grade use effective, researched based instructional practices
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WriteWell© Pre and Post Assessments: Performance Tasks Modeled after Smarter Balance Performance Tasks 2-3 days Scored with Informational/ Explanatory Rubric Multiple Texts
“There is now conclusive, compelling research stating that acting as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) is the most powerful and effective process to systemically change school culture and improve student learning.” - Sharon Kramer, PLC Conference: Connecting the Dots: From ELA Standards to Formative Assessment to Interventions and Extensions, 2014
The Big Ideas of a PLC We accept learning as the fundamental purpose of our school and therefore are willing to examine all practices and their impact on learning. We are committed to working together to achieve our collective purpose. We cultivate a collaborative culture through the development of high-performing teams. We assess our effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions. We seek relevant data and information and use that information to promote continuous improvement.
Selection of Articles / Videos Get with your grade level Watch all of the videos Read all of the articles Decide as a group what videos/articles you will use for the pre-test and the post-test
Develop Answer Key for Videos Work with your grade level team to determine what are key points you want your students to identify in the videos. Work together to fill in the Note-Taking Matrix for the Videos so every teacher in the grade level is looking for the same key information. Determine protocol for how you will instruct this portion of the assessment (i.e. Will you give examples or will it be all student generated? Are you explicitly modeling how to fill in the matrix? Are you watching videos whole class or are students watching them independently at their own pace? ) Be sure to record assessment decisions made on the WriteWell© Scoring Clinic Notes page to ensure assessment fidelity when giving the assessment.
Develop Answer Key for Articles Work with your grade level team to determine what are key points you want your students to identify in the articles. Work together to fill in the Note-Taking Matrix for the Articles so every teacher in the grade level is looking for the same key information. Determine if the grade level will write and score the 3 focus questions optional part of the assessment. Determine protocol for how you will instruct this portion of the assessment (i.e. Will you give examples or will it be all student generated? Are you explicitly modeling how to fill in the matrix? Are you reading articles whole class or are students reading them independently at their own pace? ) Be sure to record assessment decisions made on the WriteWell© Scoring Clinic Notes page to ensure assessment fidelity when giving the assessment.
Key Points Looking at the Informational/Explanatory Rubric, highlight key points for a 4 score Highlight differences for a 3 score Highlight differences for a 2 score Highlight differences for a 1 score Determine protocol for a 0 score
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Scoring Protocol Look at the anchor set of papers for your grade level Discuss with your team key points Determine a protocol for how your team will score papers with fidelity
Scoring Practice Working with your grade level, begin scoring practice student papers. Each paper should be scored by at least 2 teachers. Discrepant scores need to be discussed and protocol determined
2014-15 Memphis Assessment Schedule Beginning Assessment: September 2 – September 16 2014 • Narrative Assessment and Informational Assessment Mid-Year Assessment: January 12 – January 22 2015 • Narrative Assessment and Informational Assessment End Year Assessment: May 4 – May 15 2015 • Narrative Assessment and Informational Assessment
Narrative Topics: Kindergarten – Something you did with a friend. ( New: Pre and Post) 1st Grade – A time you helped or were helped. ( New: Pre and Post) 2nd Grade – Solving a problem (Old: End of Year Below the Line) 3rd Grade –Working Together (Old: End of Year Below the Line) 4th Grade – Doing the Right Thing (Old: Beginning of Year Below the Line) 5th Grade – Courage (Old: End of Year Below the Line)
Informational Topics 2nd Grade – Explain what you know about frogs. (New: Pre and Post) 3rd Grade – Explain what you know about fur trading. (New: Pre and Post) 4th Grade – Explain the effects of an invasive species on an exosystem.(New: Pre and Post) 5th Grade – Explain the importance of the Boston Tea Party. (New: Pre and Post)
Other Target Aim Score! Beginning, Middle, and End of Year testing (2-5) are expected to be teacher directed review that does not have to be put in DataDirector. Student packets will be reviewed at an after-school professional development session. The writing prompt used for the above assessments may be skipped.
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