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Assessments

A look at what assessments are in the school
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Kara Barker

on 9 January 2013

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Assessments in our Schools By Kara Barker and Lesley Watson High-Stakes Testing Opponents of High-Stakes Testing The definition: >Provides data and information you need on your students' learning United Opt out National According to The Higher Learning Commission >Engages you and others in analyzing and using this data/information to confirm and improve teaching and learning
>Produces evidence that students are learning the outcomes you intended
>Guides you in making educational and institutional improvements >Evaluates whether changes made improve/impact student learning, and documents the learning and your efforts.”

Assessments: Different Forms of Assessments Formative Assessments occur before or during the instruction. This form of assessment is used to help gauge the teacher on what needs to be taught to the students. summative assessments occur at the end of instruction. This assessment is to help the teacher know if the objectives of the lesson where met. Multiple-choice questions
Matching
true/false statements,
fill-ins
essays
portfolios
exhibitions Formative Assessments Informal (formative) assessments gather information from multiple sources to help teachers make decisions

>journals
>student observations
>questioning
>student self-assessment New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ Ask) is given once a year in grades 3-8.

Language Arts Literacy, Math, and Science are assessed in grades 3, 4, and 8.

Grades 5-7 are assessed on Language Arts Literacy and Math.

According to the state website, the NJ Ask is given to measure and promote student achievement and to provide accurate and meaningful information about student performance.

It also meets state and federal accountability requirements. The Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is a computerized adaptive assessment given 3 times per year in Math, Reading, and Language Usage.

According to the NWEA's website the test's content is engaging and age appropriate.

As a student responds to questions, the test responds by adjusting up or down in difficulty. Once complete, educators are able to look at school, class, and individual data. New Jersey is attempting to improve the Standardized Test

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. It is a K-12 assessment that will start in the 2014-2015 school year.
It marks students progress for college/career readiness from 3rd grade and up.
It will provide teachers with information for instruction and provide student support.
It will also assess high quality assessments for the full range of the CCSS.
23 states and the Virgin Islands are to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and Math. According to Christopher D. Cerf
(Acting Commissioner of 2011)
PARCC was chosen for 3 reasons. 1. There are 4 assessments given throughout the school year. It is thought that this will de-emphasize the impact of 1 big test because all 4 will be combined or weighted to create an accountability score. 2. New Jersey will be able to share resources with other PARCC members. 3. It should ease comparisons of students’ results across states. The Movement to end Corporate Education Reform “Opt out means a refusal to “buy into” something-in this case the stranglehold that high stakes testing has on public education. They feel that these testing drills are actually reducing a child’s capacity for attaining new knowledge. Standardized test results are not
designed to

make pass/fail decisions,

State-to-State comparisons,

evaluations of teachers or schools,

and to identify where to buy a house. Schools need a way to measure a students academic achievements. The problems is finding the best way to assess students. Are these issues inherently part of standardized tests? Part of education is trial and error, seeing what works and doesn't. Standardized Testing Pros >Easier to administer than more
complex, individualized forms of
educational evaluation >A single test can be written and administered
in a uniform fashion at relatively low cost. >Computer grading also minimizes the strain on educators >Operating a streamlined public education system requires measures of accountability to ensure that all students learn certain basic skills and concepts, while educators and institutions must perform according to certain measurable standards. www.uni.edu/assessment/definitonofassessment.shtml www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/updates/NJASKUpdate.pdf www.NWEA.org www.parcconline.org/about-parcc hhttp://certificationmap.com/standardized-testing-pros-and-cons/ www.unitedoptout.com Education Psychology and Content Area Reading 2nd Edition Education Psychology and Content Area Reading
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