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Using Student Assessments to Inform Teacher Practice Fred Cohen Nassau BOCES Consultant 516-608-6640 [email protected] How can New York State Assessment results be used to improve the practice of teaching? Getting the right information into the right hands is the key to success!.

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Using Student Assessments to Inform Teacher PracticeFred Cohen Nassau BOCES Consultant516-608-6640 [email protected]

  • How can New York State Assessment results be used to improve the practice of teaching?

  • Getting the right information into the right hands is the key to success!

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Using Student Assessments to Inform Teacher Practiceis Entirely Different from Using Student Assessments to Measure Teacher Effectiveness

Someone recently said that using test scores to measure teacher effectiveness is more akin to informing “on” teacher practice than actually informing teachers on ways to improve the practice of teaching.

Today’s presentation makes no judgment about using test scores to evaluate teachers.

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A brief reminder: A Teacher’s need to be informed about her or his own students— and the teacher’s own instructional practices—was the original purpose of most Instructional Data Warehouses.

  • FC’s first observation

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What must every teacher know about her or his students? (What FC did not know did indeed hurt him and his students!)

  • The Data Warehouse’s first “report”—the Child Assessment Profile (ChAP) Report

  • Other reports to inform teachers about student performance.

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1. Required Information prior to the opening of school—The Child Assessment Profile (ChAP) Report or any other summary of student assessment histories

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2 on nov 1 detailed information about each student s performance on the previous assessments
2. On Nov 1, detailed information about each student’s performance on the previous assessments.

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2b information available now for 2011 2012 teachers on the current teacher interface
2B. Information available performance on the previous assessments.NOW for 2011-2012 teachers on the current Teacher Interface

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Including constructed response questions
Including Constructed Response Questions performance on the previous assessments.

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These analyses inform me how my students performed on last year s assessments
These analyses inform me how my performance on the previous assessments.students performed on last year’s assessments.

  • Compare these reports to other reports on teacher performance.

  • Is a teacher’s HEDI score more or less informative?

  • What other reports are available from a typical data warehouse?

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1 a district ela 4 gap report
1. performance on the previous assessments.A District ELA 4 Gap Report

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2 teacher a ela 4 gap report
2 performance on the previous assessments.. Teacher A ELA 4 Gap Report

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3 teacher b ela 4 gap report
3 performance on the previous assessments.. Teacher B ELA 4 Gap Report

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Living env district gap report
Living performance on the previous assessments.Env. District Gap Report

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One teacher s le gap report
One performance on the previous assessments.Teacher’s LE Gap Report

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Wrong answer pattern analysis
Wrong Answer Pattern Analysis performance on the previous assessments.

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Hedi single evaluative metric for a teacher
HEDI—Single Evaluative Metric for a Teacher performance on the previous assessments.

  • Gap Reports offer

  • Question by question analysis of teacher strengths and weaknesses when compared to a benchmark

  • Opportunity for collaboration with colleagues who display different (or similar) patterns of success

  • Skill by skill or genre by genre analysis of teacher strengths and weaknesses (MC vs CR)

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Subgroup analysis reports
Subgroup Analysis Reports performance on the previous assessments.

  • Subgroup analyses offer important insights for districts, schools and teachers.

  • How can districts, schools and teachers with many at-risk students compete with districts, schools and teachers that have mainly low-risk populations?

  • Subgroup analysis is the key.

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District snapshot
District Snapshot performance on the previous assessments.

  • Imagine a District Derf in Nehoc County on planet Farfaraway with the following characteristics.

  • There are three population groups on the planet—the Long-ears, the Wide ears, and the No ears.

  • Derf’sLE students outperform county LE; Derf’sWE students outperform county WE; and Derf’sNE students outperform county NE. Yet Derf’s overall performance is well below the County Nehoc’s. Huh?

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Planet farfaraway
Planet performance on the previous assessments.Farfaraway

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District X performance on the previous assessments.


District X performance on the previous assessments.


District X performance on the previous assessments.


District X performance on the previous assessments.


And finally, do teachers, administrators and counselors encourage participation at the highest level of study?

  • Test one—a more nuanced assessment of Regents results—“percent of enrollment passing”

  • Test two—a more nuanced assessment of Advanced Placement result—“percent of enrollment passing”

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Regents participation and performance
Regents Participation and Performance encourage participation at the highest level of study?

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Regents participation and performance1
Regents Participation and Performance encourage participation at the highest level of study?

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Ap participation and performance
AP Participation and Performance encourage participation at the highest level of study?

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Using Student Assessments to Inform Teacher Practice encourage participation at the highest level of study?Fred Cohen Nassau BOCES Consultant516-608-6640 [email protected]

  • How can New York State Assessment results be used to improve the practice of teaching?

  • Getting the right information into the right hands is the key to success!

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