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  1. DATA IS OUR DEFENSE A Grassroots Approach to Balancing Assessment in the U.S.

  2. Presenters Steven Loser- Ben Davis High School Indianapolis, IN steven.loser@wayne.k12.in.us David Proctor- Ben Davis High School Indianapolis, IN david.proctor@wayne.k12.in.us Matt Skillen- Elizabethtown College matt.skillen@gmail.com Kenan Metzger-Ball State University klmetzger@bsu.edu Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  3. Research Questions for Teacher Advocacy Groups

  4. Enduring Understandings

  5. Teacher advocacy groups create an environment in which educators practice fair assessment by illustrating how a broader menu of assessment practices can be used to continually gauge learning and guide instruction, which will lead to the ultimate goal of all students continuing to grow as learners. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  6. When the teacher advocacy group educates district administrators and the public about results, it will promote fair assessment practices beyond the classroom. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  7. Because of the dangers of traditional assessments, educators need to ensure they are just one form of assessment used to evaluate the growth of a learner. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  8. The teacher advocacy group asks administrators to include performance task data as part of the annual yearly progress of the school, providing a more realistic and comprehensive picture of student learning. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  9. Essential Questions How can educators create an environment where they practice fair assessment?   What can teachers do that will lead to the continuous growth of students as learners? What can teachers do to promote fair assessment practices district wide? What can educators do to provide a realistic and comprehensive picture of student learning? Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  10. OUR SCHOOL Ben Davis High School Wayne Township Indianapolis, Indiana Urban- very diverse student population 52 different home languages in the township Growing Hispanic Population Enrollment 3,282 students in 10th through 12th grade Over 1000 in 9th grade center Halls go from A-AA (largest HS in state) Classes are anywhere from self-contained to IB to Career Center 180 teachers/ 26 in the English Department Average class size: 36 students, up to 37-38 Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  11. Identified Language Arts Assessments [2008-2009] GQE Graduation Qualification Exam (I-STEP) Common Assessment Pre and Post Test- Based on Grade Level- 10,11, 12 Not yet Administered SRI- Scholastic Reading Inventory Assesses Reading Level based on a Lexile Framework Quarterly Writing- Persuasive, Narrative, Synthesis, Critical Essay/ Research, Descriptive- based on state standards Teacher designed tests and projects Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  12. Identified Language Arts Assessments [2009-2010] GQE Graduation Qualification Exam (I-STEP) has become the Core 40 Exam now given in the Spring as opposed to the Fall Common Assessments have now become End of Course Assessments (ECAs) provided by the State Based on Grade Level- 10,11, 12 SRI- Scholastic Reading Inventory Assesses Reading Level based on a Lexile Framework Quarterly Writing- Persuasive, Narrative, Synthesis, Critical Essay/ Research, Descriptive- based on state standards Teacher designed tests and projects Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  13. Initial TAG Set-Up Start small Teacher Driven Established Collective Vision Make administration aware but do not exclusively involve them Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  14. Our Initial TAG Set-Up Start small (8-10 teachers) Teacher Driven (Voluntary Outside of School) Established Collective Vision Create a supportive trusting group of educators dedicated to evaluating and reforming assessment Administration was told of the meetings and informed of our vision Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  15. Activity 1.) Begin by making a list of the current forms of assessment in your school/district. 2.)Then assign a percentage value to those assessments based on their weight 3.) Graph your findings on the pie graph Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  16. Growth since NCTE last year Presented to the Leadership Team Group has expanded to include teachers outside of the English Department These teachers provide insight from other contents and are taking information back to share with their departments Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  17. Current Issues Change in State Mandated Testing Core 40 End of Course Assessments (ECAs) Disrupts our Data Plan No more Zeros, 50% Floor Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  18. Administrative Value Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  19. Data Design (2008-2009) Data Exploration – Project Design Triangulation of Data- Tracking 20 random 10th graders for the next 3 years 3rd,8th,10th grade ISTEP Data/ GQE SRI Scores NWEA scores in the future Attendance Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  20. Data Design (2009-2010) More of a focus on Project Based Learning as a means of balancing the assessment picture. Holistically Assessing Students Focus on Standards, 21st Century Skills, and Professional Behavior and Responsibility Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  21. Triumphs We have seen other Advocacy Groups form in our Building Administration has rewarded our work and honesty in addressing this issue. More Dialogue among the Staff Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  22. Other Advocacy Groups Wii Wonder- a group exploring digital literacy at Ben Davis High School Project Based Learning a group of teacher’s leading PBL professional development in house for the staff Part of the School Improvement Plan Each teacher will implement 1 PBL unit in the next year Integrated Courses (Algebra 1 and ICP) Green Giants Free Template from www.brainybetty.com

  23. The Future PBL and TAG Our Data Collection will focus on the use of PBL to balance the Assessment picture as Ben Davis is naturally moving in this direction. Our group will work to help teacher’s collect their own data while teaching both PBL and regular units of study. Free Template from www.brainybetty.com