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Teacher Participation in Making Assessment Decisions
St. Helen Elementary teachers have input into the decision making process regarding academic assessments. For example, teachers meet in Professional Learning Committees (PLC’s) and are given release time to meet once a month to discuss formal and non-formal grade level academic assessments. The information gathered at the PLC is used to modify and adjust curriculum based on student need.
Teachers also analyze student achievement data such as; NWEA ELA and Math scores, DIBELS, My-Access Writing and MEAP results. Teachers use this information to modify and adjust classroom instruction as needed to reach all learners. Teachers were given professional development time to learn how to analyze and evaluate NWEA scores. They were trained to use the extensive NWEA database to gain access to the dynamic reports suite and growth charts for students in reading, math, and language arts.
St. Helen staff have input into the decisions regarding the use of school based academic assessments
Actively involved with core curriculum teams in the building. These teams have been developing common assessments.
Involved with district curriculum teams which develop, implement and evaluate assessments.
St. Helen staff is involved in student achievement data analysis to improve the academic achievement of all students.
Actively involved with the disaggregation and item analysis of MEAP and local assessment scores in order to help drive instruction.
PLC and MiBLSi meetings are held to analyze MEAP data.
St. Helen Elementary provides teacher professional development on how to analyze student achievement data and this information is used to drive classroom instruction.
The Leadership Team attends MiBLSi workshops that provide assessment analysis tools to guide them on how to go back to the building and assist the other staff members in the assessment analysis process.
Through PLC committees the Leadership Team will hold meetings to teach or review ways to disaggregate and analyze academic assessment results, in order to apply the information to curriculum.