Assessment at Brent PTA Meeting March 14th 2012 Sara Ewbank Ruey Timberg Sarah Werstuik
BenchmarkingAssessmentsTypes of Assessments: Grades: GOLD PreK Continuum PS - PK DIBELS K-5 Fountas & Pinnell K-5 ANet 3-5
What are BenchmarkingAssessments?• Administered Periodically • Beginning, Middle, and End of the Year• Provides teachers with information about students’ progress on skills• Are useful to inform instructional decision making.• Low stakes for individual students
Teaching StrategiesGOLD• Objectives are organized into 10 areas of development and learning• Teachers record observations for 38 GOLD Objectives for Learning & Development
GOLD Continuum:Process• Teachers observe students playing in small groups, during centers, and at outdoor activity times• Examples: – 2c, Interact with peers – 11c, Solves problems – 14b, Engages in socio-dramatic play
GOLD Continuum:Data• Families receive an "Individual Child Report" for each reporting period• Reports provide childs current levels on all learning objectives• Information includes data from GOLDs Assessment Opportunity Cards supplemented with teacher’s notes for assessments
DIBELS Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Language Skills
What is DIBELS?• A way to quickly identify students who are struggling with early reading skills and to gauge the effectiveness of any extra help they are getting.• Used K – 5th at Brent• A series of one-minute assessments that measure a student’s ability and growth in essential early reading skills: • Phonemic Awareness : Hearing and identifying the individual sounds in a word • Alphabetic Principle: Associating those sounds with a letter or letters • Accuracy and Fluency: Putting those words together into smooth phrases
DIBELS: Process• Every student in the school participates in a DIBELS assessment at least three times a year: In September, January and May• Students sit one on one with the teacher and it is all talking and pointing: nothing written• Testing takes 10 – 15 minutes depending on the number of DIBELS measures required at the student’s grade level.• Relaxed and fun. Younger students consider DIBELS assessment to be “games with letters and sounds.”
DIBELS: Data• If a student scores below what is typically expected, extra help in that skill will be offered.• These students are frequently monitored ( every two to four weeks ) to determine if the intervention is resulting in improvement.
DIBELS: Reporting• Three times a year, a letter goes home with your child’s DIBELS scores and suggestions for targeted skills practice you can do at home.• Scores in each DIBELS measure falls into one of three categories: – Goal: your child is right on track – Some Support: Let’s keep an eye on this skill and try some extra instruction and practice – Most Support: your child is behind where he/she needs to be in this skill and needs focused instruction and practice
Fountas & PinnellLeveling• Fountas & Pinnell provides reliable and consistent reading assessments at every reading level• Teachers administer assessments individually to determine the student’s instructional level
Fountas & PinnellLeveling• Teachers use this information to plan lessons that target student’s needs• Students select independent reading books according to their levels
Achievement Network(ANet)• 3/4/5 Graders• Teachers deliver instruction according to a pacing guide• Each test assesses only what was taught during that interim period
ANet: Data• Teachers reflect on class and student data to determine content that needs to be re-taught.• Leadership team reflects on grade level data to determine instructional trends.• School level data can be compared with other ANet schools to monitor progress during the year.
What About theDC-CAS?• A one-time test; not a benchmarking assessment• Data is collected and used at the state level, rather than at the school level• Standardized administration• Basis for determinations of school progress, but not instructionally useful
Where to Find MoreInformation• www.teachingstrategies.com• www.wirelessgeneration.com• www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell• www.achievementnetwork.org
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