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PD 2010/2011 Assessment for Learning. April 2010. MSIP Standard 6.2. 2010 School Improvement Products. Desktop curriculum Well articulated K-12 standards Close alignment of instructional practice to standards - Parallel Teaching is public. 2010 PD Survey – Emerging Themes.

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PD 2010/2011Assessment for Learning

April 2010

MSIP Standard 6.2

2010 School Improvement Products

  • Desktop curriculum

  • Well articulated K-12 standards

  • Close alignment of instructional practice to standards - Parallel

  • Teaching is public

2010 PD Survey – Emerging Themes

  • Learning through collaboration

  • Want collegial inquiry and discussion.

  • PD must be research based

  • A focus on assessment is important

  • Return to PLC model for school reform

Student Learning Gaps

  • Performance of subgroups of students on state achievement tests

  • Children of color and children growing up in poverty do not read, write or perform math operations as well as white or relatively more affluent children.

  • Data from 2009/10 AYP accountability report

    • KHS – NP Math: White, F/R,

    • KMS – NP CA: F/R – NP Math: F/R

    • RME – NP CA: IEP

Proposed PD Purpose

  • Use action research model to study how assessment for learning strategies help students connect to learning

    • AR is evaluating the results of an action with the intent of further analysis, planning, acting and evaluating.

  • PD could be informed by the writing and presentations of Reeves, Stiggins, Eaker or Dufour

  • Research suggests that applying strategies of formative assessment that connect the learner directly to instruction during learning, can produce significant gains in achievement (Stiggins, 2006).

What is Assessment for Learning?

  • What it is not …

    • Norm Referenced Assessment

      • Single student or class or group measured against others who took the same test

        • Some students came equipped with more than others

        • Provided Info for policymakers

        • Reward some students and punish others

What is Assessment for Learning? (cont.)

  • It is…..

    • Standards based assessment

      • Be proficient according to the criteria of the standard – Reeves, 2007

      • AFL = Assessment at the classroom level

        • diagnose, plan and provide feedback

What is Assessment for Learning? (cont.)

AFL Process:

Measurement – Inquiry- Reflect

  • AFL but informs students about learning

  • Measure progress toward learning goals

  • Helps all students succeed

  • Clear, accessible instructional scoring guides

What is Assessment for Learning? (cont.)

5 basic tenets

  • Clear purposes

  • Clear learning targets

  • Sound assessment design

  • Effective communication of results

  • Student involvement (Stiggins, 2004).

What is Assessment for Learning? (cont.)

Seven Strategies;

  • Good and poor examples of anonymous student work

  • Scoring guide - clear picture of expectations

  • Descriptive feedback

  • Students track their own progress -self-assess and set goals

  • Teachers focus lessons on one aspect of quality

  • Students focus revisions on one element at a time

  • Students reflect on learning-monitor their own progress.


  • How to frame or think about AFL study

    • PLC: Centers on the collaboration of teachers

      • Eaker and Dufour

    • Norms that support reflection and study of education – achieving a shared goal

    • Time and opportunity for reflective dialogue

    • Opportunities appraise oneself

    • Collaboration - essential outcome of reflective dialogue

    • Community of learners, who share information, strategies, issues and concerns.

A Proposed Plan

  • Employ AR approach to help teachers improve instruction by implementing the principles of Assessment for Learning.

  • Frame the AR through PLC Model: The project will center on the collaboration teachers

Proposed Plan(cont.)

  • Sept. 24th–Diagnose assessment practices currently used - examined what we know about our students/study the principles of assessment

    • Share by team how assessment information is used to inform instruction and how assessment data is used.

    • Product: Record observations, ideas and issues

Proposed Plan (cont.)

  • October 25th: Implement the principles of AFL

    • Stiggins, Reeves, Eaker, or Dufour Speak in a.m. on the topic of assessment schemes.

    • Small Group Activity – AR project begins

      • teachers connect instructional assessments to learners in a profound, direct manner.

      • Plan to engage students through formative, classroom


        Ex. develop and use a scoring guide/model to inform instruction and provide students with a target – Best Practice

      • Teachers plan their own implementation of

        AFL for learning principles

Evaluation – Concluding Activity

  • Feb. 18th– Share thoughts and feelings about the project - how the experience has changed methods & perspective

    • Data will be collected throughout the project in the form of journal writing.

      • Recorded observations of classroom assessment activities



  • Themes emerge about how teachers alter their perspective and their practice, to facilitate standards based assessment

    • value of collaboration is the focal point

    • Project creates a PLC


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