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Assessment for Learning: OARS/INSPECT Update. Fresno Unified School District May 12, 2008 Research, Evaluation and Assessment. Assessment Update. Today We Will: “Frame” Assessment for Learning into our Instructional System

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assessment for learning oars inspect update

Assessment for Learning: OARS/INSPECT Update

Fresno Unified School District

May 12, 2008

Research, Evaluation and Assessment

assessment update
Assessment Update
  • Today We Will:
    • “Frame” Assessment for Learning into our Instructional System
    • Discuss the process for using the Inspect item bank and the OARS processing software
    • Provide initial user names and passwords for the early implementers at your school
    • Discuss site-based scanning options
fresno unified assessment philosophy
Fresno Unified Assessment Philosophy

3 Assessment Perspectives:

  • Assessment for Accountability
    • (State-mandated)
  • Assessment of Learning
    • (periodic status checks linked to standards)
  • Assessment for Learning
    • (assessment during learning)
aligned instructional system
Aligned Instructional System

Taught Curriculum




Assessed Curriculum

Written Curriculum

assessment for learning why
Assessment for Learning– Why?
  • Students understand learning intentions/objectives
  • Students understand how good is “good enough?”
  • Analysis of student responses allows the teacher to identify student understandings and gaps in mid-stream
  • Teachers study how to focus the “next” instructional lesson
  • Students begin to ‘own’ their own learning
assessment for learning what
Assessment for Learning– What?
  • Single Standard AFS Quizzes in AiS
  • Performance Task AFS Assessments in AiS
  • “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
when build an inspect quiz in oars
When: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • “I want to know what my students can do before I start a unit or lesson”
    • … in order to determine and shape the instructional unit around student needs.
  • “I’ve spent 3 days on this skill/concept, and I want my students and me to be aware of which components of the skill still need work”
    • … in order to differentiate and focus the remaining instructional time.
  • “My students now have the groundwork for this skill/concept, but do they “get it” at the level of depth required on an assessment?”
    • … supporting a rigorous interpretation of the standard/skill
  • “I’ve completed instruction for this standard. What have students mastered?”
    • … in order to determine what students know, and who needs additional support.
  • “Students have practiced this standard as part of an “extra support” intervention, how can I assess their knowledge?”
    • …In order to follow up on students needing extra help.
  • “I want to use an assessment item in the middle of my lesson”
    • … to check for understanding
what build an inspect quiz in oars
What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • Navigate to
  • Select Fresno in the “Select your District” window
  • Log in. Initial log ins are…
    • Username: firstname.lastname, using the Sharepoint format
    • 1st Password: birth month and last 2 digits of birth year… September 1963 would be ‘0963’
    • Usernames and passwords also handed out today
    • This is NOT AiS!!!! The username and password for OARS is different than in AiS
  • Three “Download Resources” may be helpful for you: “OARS in a Nutshell,” “OARS Users Manual,” and “ScanOARS Download” (when you are ready for scanning)
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What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • To Build a Quiz ….
    • Select the “INSPECT” tab at the top of the main menu
    • Select the “Create a new test” button
    • Complete the “Test Information” boxes
    • Select the Course, Strand and Standard Information
    • Select items for the quiz by choosing the “ADD” button for each item you select. You can see the directions and the distractor rationales for an item by clicking the boxes below each item.
      • Note: for ELA items, there is an option to look at other items that use the same reading passage. If you are trying to create a “one passage” quiz, you might select this to identify other items associated with the passage.
    • An Inspect quiz should be short… 5-6 items only

The “Inspect“ Main Screen

Create a new Quiz here


Quiz Description

Select Items

View Alternative versions of an item

Additional Items to view

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What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • To Build a Quiz (Continued) ….
    • Review the draft of your quiz
    • Save the quiz… after you click on save, you can still edit/delete, until you …..
    • … Print and Lock (when you do this, a print copy will appear in a new window).
    • You can also choose to share the quiz, or keep it just for your class
    • Print the quiz, and you have several print options available for how you’d like the quiz to look…
      • Bubbles or letters for the answer choices
      • Answers highlighted or not
      • Answer key accompanying
      • Print a copy with distractor rationales

Review, Print drafts, and Print-Lock Quizzes here

Print Answer Sheets for Locked Quizzes

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What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • Additional Information about building quizzes….
    • Do not quarantine an item (this locks others out from using it)
    • Some items are quarantined at the system level for inclusion on a District-wide test (CAHSEE Diagnostic tests)
    • Some questions have an extra version created (e.g., with just a small change to an answer choice). The “View Alternate Item” button allows you to see all versions of an item, and pick the one you want to use.
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What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • To Print Answer Sheets ….
    • Teachers with multiple grade levels, or teaching multiple classes (secondary) will need to select a “section” of their classes for which to print answer sheets. Click on the “Sections” tab on the blue strip at the top of the screen, then
      • Click on the program menu, and select “Inspect Item Bank”
      • Click on your name
      • If you are selecting a subset of all your students to take the test, select them here, otherwise the whole student list will be uploaded
    • From the “Inspect” tab, select “Print” answer sheets and follow the directions there.
  • Have students take the quiz!!

For teachers with multiple grade levels or classes, select your class(es) here

Select Inspect Item Bank

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What: “Build an Inspect Quiz” in OARS
  • After you give the Quiz …
    • For the next few days …. Quizzes must be hand-scored, just as with a classroom-developed assessment, unless your school is already using ScanOARS.
    • Within a few days, a manual data-entry screen will be available. Though not ideal, if you keep the quiz short, the data entry will not take long. Go to the “Enter Scores” tab, and select your assessment. You should be able to enter correct/incorrect, or enter in the students’ actual answer choices, to get a response analysis.
    • View the various reports available in the “Reports” tab
notes on scanning answer documents
Notes on Scanning Answer Documents
  • Many elementary schools are already using a Brother Scanner to scan and upload answer documents. The Brother works fairly well, but is not supported by the District if it isn’t working!
  • FUSD is working with OARS to develop the functionality of an HP scanner, which will be supported if it isn’t working– but more development work needs to be completed before we recommend it.
  • Long Term: OARS will work with a Xerox machine that has scanning capabilities. FUSD is looking into creating upgrades with Xerox for a high speed solution
  • Ideal: OARS works in an on-line format. If students have access to computers, this may be a great option as well.
oars inspect for now
OARS-Inspect for Now …
  • … is ready to explore, begin creating tests, and using during/after learning to inform next steps.
  • … early adopters can race around in OARS to see what they can do.
  • … can be used, with manual data entry within a few days (or with an already functioning scanner, for Reading 1st schools)
  • … if you don’t have a scanner already functioning, wait until we can make a good decision about which solution will work best. We will be in contact with you– purchasing a scanner will not be your responsibility.
oars inspect for next year
OARS-Inspect for Next Year …
  • FUSD will be working with instructional coaches to become familiar enough with OARS/Inspect to be the first resource for support.
  • Support for HP scanner troubleshooting will be available
  • The Xerox option will be fully explored
  • FUSD will continue professional learning about using Inspect in the Aligned Instructional System as assessment for learning.
cycle of teaching
Cycle of Teaching

Planning of


Planning of











What will I do differently to

ensure that every student

learns this std. (strategies,

resources, etc.)

Goal: Create a plan to re-

address this std. including

progress monitoring

Resources: Curriculum TE,

Professional Sharing

Planning of



What/How did I teach?

What were student

misperceptions? Why?

Goal: Determine why students

may not have learned stds.

to proficiency

Resources: Response

Analysis Tools (if Applicable),

Curriculum TEs


Implement planned

instructional strategies

for agreed upon

timeframe before re-

assessing to determine





Cycle of Teaching


How successful was our teaching?

What did our students get/not get?

Goal: Identify at least one

common standard of focus for


Resources: Assmt. results, CST

Blueprints, Curriculum Map


Did they get it now?

Goal: Administer common

“assessment” (district or teacher

created – e.g., AFS/INSPECT

teacher created quiz, student

work). Analyze at pre-determined

time with grade level



school administrator do s and don ts
School Administrator Do’s and Don’ts

Do …

  • Share initial usernames and passwords with teachers
  • Encourage teachers to “play around” to create a quiz
  • Encourage teachers to think about how they could create a short quiz for an “essential learning” at the end of the year
  • Ask your instructional coaches to log in and get familiar with the system
  • Share with teachers that this doesn’t replace instruction, or become a worksheet

Don’t …

  • Turn assessment for learning into an accountability measure by analyzing Inspect results from classrooms to evaluate teachers
  • Buy a scanner yet, if you don’t have one now!