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WASL Growth. WERA March 27 10:15 – 11:30. Don Schmitz: Director of Assessment Sarah Swain-Annepu: Grade 3/4 Teacher Melissa Walker: Grade 5 Teacher. Goal #1: Stimulate discussion and research on WASL growth. Goal #2: Identify instructional practices for programs with

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Wasl growth

WASL Growth

WERA

March 27

10:15 – 11:30

Don Schmitz: Director of Assessment

Sarah Swain-Annepu: Grade 3/4 Teacher

Melissa Walker: Grade 5 Teacher


Wasl growth

Goal #1:

Stimulate discussion and research on WASL growth.


Wasl growth

Goal #2:

Identify

instructional practices for programs with

high WASL Growth.


Mukilteo school district by the numbers

Mukilteo School District by the numbers

  • Students 14,485

  • Number of Schools 18

  • Free and Reduced 40%

  • TBL 16%

  • Ethnicity

    • Amer. Ind. 1.6%

    • Asian14.2%

    • Black 5.2%

    • Hispanic15.0%

    • White58.7%

  • Classroom teachers797


Accountability models

Accountability Models

  • Status

  • Improvement

  • Growth

  • Value-Added

Goldschmidt, Pete (2005).Policymakers’ Guide to Growth Models for School Accountability: How do Accountability Models Differ? . Council of Chief State School Officers.


1 status model

1. Status Model

  • On average, how are students performing this year?

Annual Target

Used for Safe Harbor in AYP

Year x

Year x +1


2 improvement model

2. Improvement Model

  • On average, are students doing better this year as compared to students in the same grade last year?

Improvement

Year 1

Year 2


3 growth model

3. Growth Model

  • How much on average, did the same students’ performance change?

Growth

At least two scores for each student.

Year 1

Year 2


4 value added model

4. Value-Added Model

  • On average, did students’ change in performance meet the growth expectation? By how much?

Actual Performance

Value Added

Expected Performance

Starting Point

Year 1

Year 2


Wasl data in yellow

WASL Data(in yellow)

status

Grades 4-8 cohorts

improvement

Growth


Wasl growth

Grade 4 Cohort

Post WASL

Pre WASL

Gr. 3

Cohort 4th

Gr. 4

N = 900

All statistics reported are based on the cohort of students.


Wasl growth

Post WASL

Pre WASL

Gr. 3

Cohort 4th

Gr. 4

N = 900

Grade 4 Cohort


Grade 4 to 8 cohorts

Grade 4 to 8 Cohorts

Grade 4 grade 5 grade 6 grade 7 grade 8

N = 4450


What are some issues with this approach

What are some issues with this approach?

Each subject and grade level has different average WASL scores (different test)

Classes are made up of different composition of students

Achievement levels

Ability levels

Behavior

Demographics

Only one year of data


What are some benefits of this approach

What are some benefits of this approach?

Levels the playing field

Measures gains on same students or same groups of students.

Uses the measure in which we are being held accountable.


Four growth calculations

Four Growth Calculations

1 Diff

2 DiffAvg

3 DiffLvl

4 DiffZ


Wasl growth

5 Cohorts: grades 4 - 8

Post WASL

Pre WASL

2006

Cohort

2007

N = 900

(estimate)

1

Post - Pre = Difference Score (Diff)


Post pre difference score diff

Post - Pre = Difference Score (Diff)

Single student example:

Pre WASL Math = 400

Post WASL Math = 410

Difference Score = +10

Diff = +10

1


Reading diff means by grade

Reading Diff Means by Grade


Math diff means by grade

Math Diff Means by Grade


Wasl growth

Cohort Sample

Post WASL

Pre WASL

2006

Cohort

2007

2

N = 900

(estimate)

Post - Pre = Difference Score (Diff)

(Post - Pre ) – District Average = Difference Score (DiffAvg)


Post pre district average difference score diffavg

(Post - Pre ) – District Average = Difference Score (DiffAvg)

Single student example:

Grade 3 WASL Math = 400

Grade 4 WASL Math = 410

Difference Score = +10

(Avg Diff for grade cohort = -4)

DiffAvg = +14

2


Wasl growth

Grade Cohort

Post WASL

Pre WASL

2006

Cohort

2007

3

N = 900

(estimate)

Post - Pre = Difference Score (Diff)

(Post - Pre ) – District Average = Difference Score (DiffAvg)

(Post - Pre ) – District Average by Level = Difference Score (DiffAvgLvl)


Math by pretest levels

Math: by pretest levels


Post pre district average by level difference score diffavglvl

(Post - Pre ) – District Average by Level = Difference Score (DiffAvgLvl)

Single student example:

Grade 3 WASL Math = 400

Grade 4 WASL Math = 410

Difference Score = +10

(Average Diff. for grade level 3 = +2)

DiffAvgLvl = +8

3


Wasl growth

Grade Cohort

Post WASL

Pre WASL

2006

Cohort

2007

4

N = 900

(estimate)

Post - Pre = Difference Score (Diff)

(Post - Pre ) – District Average = Difference Score (DiffAvg)

(Post - Pre ) – District Average by Level = Difference Score (DiffAvgLvl)

(Post z – Pre z ) = Difference Score (DiffZ)


Post z pre z difference score diffz

(Post z – Pre z ) = Difference Score (DiffZ)

Single student example:

Z = WASL score - mean/standard deviation

(mean = 0, SD = 1)

Grade 3 WASL Math z score = 0.2

Grade 4 WASL Math z score = 0.3

Difference Z Score = 0.1

DiffZ = 0.1

4


Primary variables

Primary Variables

Student name/ID

Pre WASL

Pre WASL Level

Post WASL


Category variables

Category Variables

Grade

School

Special Education

ELL

F & R

Teacher name

Teacher experience


Sample programs classrooms

Sample Programs/Classrooms

Special Education

Gifted (Summit)

Transitional Bilingual

Free & Reduced

Achievement Gap


Special education n 414

Special Education n= 414

4


Gifted summit n 167

Gifted: Summit (n= 167)

4


Achievement gap reading

Achievement Gap: Reading

1

RdgDiff (all cohorts)

4

RdgDiffZ (all cohorts)


Free reduced

Free & Reduced

4


Mathdiff by grades

MathDiff by Grades


Schools mthdiff

Schools: MthDiff

1


Schools mthdiffmsd

Schools: MthDiffMSD

2


Schools mthdifflvl

Schools: MthDiffLvl

3


Schools mthdiffz

Schools: MthDiffZ

4


Math by pretest levels1

Math by Pretest Levels

3


Wasl growth by teacher

WASL Growth by Teacher

  • Illustrates the range of differences

  • This is not a rank order

  • Too many uncontrolled variables


Years of experience with diff scores

Years of Experience with Diff Scores

4


Reading growth

Reading Growth

3


Math growth

Math Growth

3


Wasl growth

Goal #2:

Identify

instructional practices for programs with

high WASL Growth


Odyssey elementary

Odyssey Elementary


Wasl growth

2002-2003:

Free/Reduced Lunch . . . . . . .55.4%

Special Education . . . . . . . . .14.2%

Non-English Speaking . . . . .13.3%

October 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 568

2006-2007:

Free/Reduced Lunch . . . . . . .56.5%

Special Education . . . . . . . . .11.7%

Non-English Speaking . . . . .27.9%

October 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 709

Odyssey Elementary:


Wasl growth

Our Vision: We will assure high levels of learning for all students.

High behavioral and academic expectations

Strong academic focus

Character Education


What we do

What we do:

  • Strong Leadership

  • Looping & Cluster classrooms

    • IEP

    • ELL

  • Extended day

  • PLC’s


Wasl growth

PLC

  • Focus: improving student achievement

  • SMART goals:

    • based on work done by Dufour and Eaker

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Attainable

  • Result- oriented

  • Timely


  • Self assessment

    Self Assessment


    Using the data

    Using the Data:


    Odyssey elementary1

    Odyssey Elementary

    • IEP Cluster Model

    • Concerns

    • Clear Expectations


    Iep cluster classroom

    IEP Cluster Classroom

    • 1/4 of students on IEP

    • Learning disabilities in reading, writing, math

    • Behavior/Social Skills


    Student growth

    Student Growth

    • Meeting state standards

    • Conflict in data

    • Evidence of student learning


    Professional development

    Professional Development

    • District training

    • Awareness of state standards

    • Adapting curriculum


    Reading comprehension

    Reading Comprehension

    • Highlight key words in question

    • Sentence starters

    • Immediate feedback

    • Revise answers

    • Familiarity with scoring


    Wasl growth

    Some differences between the danger of the tornado in Night of the Twisters and the danger of the ice floes in Blizzard are:

    1)

    2)


    Wasl growth

    Math

    • Problem of the Week

    • Explain thinking with words

    • Math Journal


    Relationships

    Relationships

    • Establish a genuine connection

    • Encourage risk taking

    • Celebrate successes

    • Build confidence


    Jonathan

    Jonathan

    • Learning disability in writing

    • Read at 1st grade level

    • Put limited effort into work

    • Insecure, withdrawn


    High expectations

    High Expectations

    • Establish common language

    • Reinforce skills

    • Create self sufficient learners

    • Expect success and growth


    Challenge all students

    Challenge All Students


    Challenge all students1

    Challenge All Students


    Challenge all students2

    Challenge All Students


    Collaboration

    Collaboration

    • Create/revise curriculum

    • Consistency in scoring

    • Analyze data

    • Plan intervention groups


    Wasl growth

    Student

    Pre-Test

    Post Test

    Find the

    landmarks for a

    set of data

    Add and

    Subtract

    fractions with

    the same

    denominator

    Rewrite

    fractions so

    they have a

    Common

    denominator

    Add and

    subtract fractions

    with different

    denominators

    Convert

    Between

    fractions and

    decimals

    4

    79

    100

    4

    4

    4

    6

    6

    18

    96

    100

    4

    4

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    6

    5

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    88

    96

    4

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    3

    6

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    16

    92

    96

    4

    3

    4

    6

    6

    23

    71

    96

    3

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    4

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    4

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    3

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    42

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    4

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    83

    2

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    3

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    Wasl growth

    “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

    -Dr. Seuss


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