Teaching and Learning - Assessment

     

Assessment

‚ÄčAssessment for Learning in PRSD 

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Divisional Elementary Report Card Supports: (prsd username and password may be required to log in and access these documents):

 

TeacherHandbook for PRSD Divisional Elementary Report Card 

 

 Parent Guide for PRSD Divisional Elementary Report Card

 

Other:

Formative vs Summative Assessment Card Sorting Activity

Using My Files on PRSD Webpage to access files off-site 

Communicating Assesment of Student Learning PowerPoint


Student Learner Assessment Supporting Documents:

Planning for Next Steps in Instruction

Literacy:

Grade 2 ELA Program of Study Outcomes Analysis w 2015 in Red (ERLC resource)

Grade 2 - 3 ELA Outcomes - Collaborative Conversations

Blank Overall Class Performance Task Results

Writing Resource - The Inclusive Education Library from Learn Alberta Language Arts resources

Numeracy:

Grade 2 Mathematics Program of Study Outcomes Analysis w 2015 in Red (ERLC resource)

Grade 3 SLA Numeracy Data

Blank Overall Numeracy Class Performance Task Results

Numeracy Resource (EMPL or Elementary Math Professional Learning)


 

Underlying Principles and Beliefs:                                   

       How this may be seen:

On-going balanced assessment is used to support student progress
  Assessment is based on the Alberta Programs of Study
   
  • clarifying and sharing learning outcomes with students.   
  • identifying and sharing key concepts, principles, and processes that students must understand,
  • Understanding by Design unit planning,
  • Divisional Professional Learning Communities focusing on curriculum, common assessments.
   Students are actively involved in assessment
   
  • communicating key concepts, principles, and processes to students, 
  • self and peer assessments.
  • enabling students to be able to describe the learning goals and what evidence of their learning will look like,
  • supporting students in setting goals for future learning,
  Assessment informs the teaching process
   
  • planning assessment tasks early in the stages of unit design (Understanding by Design),
  • ensuring that the assessment tools and the purpose of assessment match
  • evidence of learning is used to adapt instruction
  Summative assessment informs reporting & evaluation
   
  • communicating key concepts, principles, and processes to students and parents
  • only summative assessments based on learner outcomes are used in calculating students’ grades
  • grades reflect only achievement; student behaviours are reported separately.

Learning Technology Workshop Presentations on Assessment

Using DocAppender AddOn 

 

Website: Alberta Assessment Consortium

This site contains an extensive online collection of classroom assessment materials, developed by teachers for everyday classroom use. Professional learning materials are also available for individual study, PLC work, or whole school use. Members have access to these materials through jurisdiction-specific user name and password. You can ask your Divisional Learning Coach or any of your colleagues for the district's username and password. In the Assessment Foundations section you will learn about the basics of assessmentwith an Albertan context. Resources are available in both English and French.

WebinarFeed Up, Feedback, Feed Forward: Making Formative Assessment Come Alive - Nancy Frey (scroll down to see recommended book)

A comprehensive formative assessment system should fit seamlessly within the daily flow of the classroom. But in many places, formative assessment requirements signal an end to instruction so that students can be tested. Join Nancy Frey as she discusses an ongoing approach to formative assessment that enhances the give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning. This webinar will include examples from elementary and secondary classrooms. 

Video: What is "Authentic Assessment"

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and authentic has been the cornerstone of their success. See how on the link above.

Video: Strategic Goals: Formative + Summative = Rigor

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

 

ArticleAuthentic Assessment: What You Can Do in 5 Minutes, 5 Days, 5 Months, 5 Years...

How you can replicate authentic assessment with the resources and time you have.

 

Book: Making Classroom Assessment Work: 3rd Edition

Dr. Anne Davies - Classroom Connections International Inc.

The site includes a comprehensive lesson plan for using the book in a study for professional learning.

 

Book SeriesClassroom Assessment: What's Working in High Schools Book One and Two

Dr. Anne Davies, Kathy Busick, ed. - Building Connections Publishing Inc

 

Book Series: Quality Assessment in High Schools: Accounts from Teachers

Dr. Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst, and Kathy Busick, ed. - Building Connections Publishing Inc, 

 

Website: Transforming Assessment      www.connect2learning.com

This Canadian site provides the best background and resources for classroom teachers and schools to further develop their understanding and skills in assessment. On this page you will find links to the answer to "what is assessment for learning?", amazing research findings, and you can how how assessment for learning is transforming lives. You can follow Anne Davies' and Sandra Herbst's blogs from here.

 

Book: Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey - Association for Supervison and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 2008

Instruction and assessment must become fluid companions. Instruction, whether at Tier 1, 2, or 3, must be frequently informed by informal assessments. You can find a study guide here for you to use in your professional learning or book study. About the Authors.

 

Back to Assessment

 

PRSD Assessment for Learning Resources:

     PRSD Assessment for Learning Strategies Package

     Self and Peer Assessment Strategies

     Feedback Poster (Audience: Students)

     Differentiating Instruction Strategies for 21st Century Learners Package

Website: Alberta Assessment Consortium

The AAC website contains an extensive online collection of classroom assessment materials, developed by teachers for everyday classroom use. Professional learning materials are also available for individual study, PLC work, or whole school use. Members have access to these materials through jurisdiction-specific user name and password.You can ask your Divisional Learning Coach or any of your colleagues for the username and password. Many practical resources here - including resources for teaching students how to be successful learners.

Website: Instructional Strategies Online

Instructional strategies determine the approach a teacher may take to achieve learning objectives.Five categories of instructional strategies and explanation of these five categories can be found within this site. Instructional methods are used by teachers to create learning environments and to specify the nature of the activity in which the teacher and learner will be involved during the lesson. While particular methods are often associated with certain strategies, some methods may by found within a variety of strategies. A sampling of instructional methods with accompanying explanations are presented in this website.

 

Resource: For PRSD staff - The Assessment for Learning Strategies Package

PRSD Staff will use their current username and password to access a resource that has 51 pages of practical Assessment for Learning strategies you can use in your classrooms immediately. 

WebsiteAIMSWeb   www.aimsweb.com

This site offers full-service CBMs (Curriculum Based Measures) - for a price. These items can be used for diagnostic testing or other assessment purposes. At the foundation of aimsweb is general outcome measurementa form of curriculum-based measurement (CBM), used for universal screening and progress monitoring. This form of brief assessment measures overall performance of key foundational skills at each grade level and draws upon over thirty years of scientific research that demonstrates both its versatility to provide accurate prediction of reading and math achievement as well as its sensitivity to growth.