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COMMON ASSESSMENTS: A Product of Professional Learning. “If all students are expected to demonstrate the same knowledge and skills, regardless of the teacher to which they are assigned, it only makes sense that teachers must work together to asses students learning.”

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common assessments a product of professional learning
COMMON ASSESSMENTS:A Product of Professional Learning

“If all students are expected to demonstrate the same knowledge and skills, regardless of the teacher to which they are assigned, it only makes sense that teachers must work together to asses students learning.”

Dufour, Dufour, Eaker, and Many

common assessments ca
COMMON ASSESSMENTS (CA)

“… represent the most effective strategies for determining whether the guaranteed curriculum is being taught and more importantly, learned.”

Dufour, Dufour, Eaker, and Many

common assessments
COMMON ASSESSMENTS

Standards/

Learning Objectives Curriculum

Curriculum *Essential Outcomes

(Power Standards)

*Core knowledge each student should master

ca created by same subject teachers department
CA Created by Same Subject Teachers/Department

Instructional

Strategies

Instructional

Strategies

Instructional

Strategies

GOAL:

Essential

Outcomes

plcs study data from cas
PLCs STUDY DATA FROM CAs
  • Analyze line items to identify:
    • where students’ learning lagged
    • areas of shortcomings
    • areas of strengths
    • what to reteach
    • which students require additional support/enrichment/intervention
    • short-term/long-term systemic solutions
words from teachers
Words from teachers…

“Teaching your favorite way doesn’t always work so well. Sometimes you have this wonderful lesson that you love, but they aren’t learning. You have to change.”

“Teachers need to understand that common assessments do not grade the teacher. It doesn’t mean you have failed – it means you must change.”

summarize ca
SUMMARIZE CA:
  • What do we want our students to know? (Essential Outcomes)
  • How will we know they have learned it? (Common Assessment)
  • What do we do when they do not learn it? Or already know it?

(Support/Enrichment/Intervention)

what ca are not
WHAT CA ARE NOT…
  • CA are not a lock-step, mechanical manner in which to teach
  • CA are not designed to evaluate teachers
common assessments assure
COMMON ASSESSMENTS ASSURE…
  • that all students will learn a set of specific common unit objectives.
  • that every student will learn the same content regardless of which teacher they were assigned.
how can we assure success on common assessments
How Can We Assure Success on Common Assessments?????

Informs teachers about their students’ learning and their own teaching.

Formative Assessments

data is conclusive
Data is Conclusive…

One of the most powerful, high-leverage strategies for improving student learning that is available to schools:

frequent, high-quality formative assessments by teachers who are working collaboratively to help students develop agreed-upon knowledge and skills.

Research: Fullan, 2005; Hargreaves & Fink, 2006; Reeves, 2004; Schmoker, 2003; Stiggins, 2005

great resource
Great Resource:

Educational Leadership:

December 2007/ January 2008

Vol. 65 No. 4