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Monday, September 26, 2016

This article gives teachers some ideas about how to answer parent questions regarding the discrepancy between state assessments and classroom grades. Well work the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Answering parent questions about testing

High-school English teacher Nancy Barile, who also teaches teachers, asks
students in the teaching program to answer this difficult parent question: "How can my child get all A's in your class and still score low on the state test?" In this blog post, she shares tips to help guide the answer.
SmartBrief/Education (9/19)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here are some great articles on setting goals with students and making the assessment of those goals work for you as a teacher. Please note the course offred at the bottom of the page. I highly recommend it. It starts on September 23. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.

The Big Fresh Newsletter from Choice Literacy
September 10, 2016 - Issue #518
If you are having trouble reading this newsletter, click here for a Web-based version.

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

                                                                               Sarah Ban Breathnach

This week I’m breaking a cardinal rule in publishing newsletters – never write about politics, religion . . . or college football. But I’m a proud graduate of Michigan State, in a family where Sparty has reigned for generations. Mark Dantonio took over as the football coach nearly a decade ago, and since then fall through the football season has been a delight for Michigan State grads – win or lose, the team is always fun to watch.

I watched an interview recently with Dantonio, and he talked about how hard he works to get each team member to focus on long- and short-term goals. In the week before any game, every player writes down five goals for the upcoming week. They can be big and lofty, like play with more heart, or quite specific, like don’t allow #23 to rush for more than 30 yards.   

I was struck by what Dantonio must learn about each player when they have the chance to write their own goals. Perhaps one of the most basic things we’ve lost with the rise of the standards movement in education is perspective. When we put someone else’s standard or target on the board, does it really mean anything to kids? Do they even understand half the terms or a tiny percentage of the context in which the goal was created? What would happen if kids started each day with writing a goal or two for the day, defined just that broadly? We’d probably see some quirky, surprising, and even discouraging goals. But we’d also learn a lot about how kids perceive school and their place in it.
What if we started professional development sessions with goal-setting? What might teachers reveal to school leaders through their goals before we gave them our agendas?

The older I get, the younger those college football players look to me. Each big win or heartbreaking loss can seem monumental. But when their playing days are far in the past, it’s likely the wisdom of a good coach that will endure more than any numbers on a scoreboard.
This week we look at smart suggestions for student charts. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Brenda Power
Founder, Choice Literacy

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Christopher Carlson describes why and how he made reader response anchor charts more rigorous and thoughtful in his fifth-grade classroom:

Shari Frost writes about how to create intentional anchor charts. This classic article is one of the all-time most popular features on our site:

Jennifer Serravallo explains why getting to know students as readers needs to be the top priority for teachers early in the year:

Join Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan for the online course Making Assessments Work for You starting September 23. This course includes the book Assessment in Perspective, a DVD, three webcasts, and personal responses from Clare and Tammy to all your questions:
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Here is a article on the PARCC data. Take a look and see what yu think. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

States begin releasing PARCC exam data
Some states, including Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico and New Jersey, have released PARCC exam data. Overall, seven states and the District of Columbia administered the exams, and Rhode Island is expected to release scores this week.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/24)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Here is a great idea...rethinking how we measure student achievement. Well worth the read. Courtesy of National Public Radio

Reconsider proficiency-rate metric in ESSA rules, letter says

In a public letter, associate professor Morgan Polikoff and other researchers and education leaders are advocating for the US Department of Education to abandon proficiency rates as a metric for measuring school accountability in the final rules for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Polikoff proposes using average-scale scores instead.
National Public Radio (7/18)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This article addresses some of the implications involved in the implementation of ESSA. Courtesy of SmartBrief.

Should performance assessments replace standardized tests?

Many experts are advocating for US school districts to replace standardized tests with presentations, projects and portfolios -- particularly for struggling students. The experts say this approach more accurately reflects what students have learned, but critics worry that replacing exams could weaken education standards.
The Hechinger Report (7/27) 

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