Using the Sun West Rubric to Align Achievement IndicatorsJade BallekSun West Learning ConsultantI Learn 2012August 27, 28, 2012
Session GoalsExplore the purpose of assessmentClarify the 5 levels of the Sun WestRubric to achieve alignmentProvide some techniques for makingassessments more consistent andmore accurateAnalyze measurement tools
Ground RulesHonour the time – 1 hourCommunicate effectivelyRespect the learning
Personal Learning FocusUse a sticky to write a question youhave about the Sun West Rubric.Or, write a sentence that describeswhat you hope to learn during thishour.Please post it on the board.
Why Assess?What is the purpose ofassessment?What is your biggest concernabout the Sun West Rubric? Think/Pair/Share
Assessment Should BeConsistentAccurateMeaningful Ken O’Connor – A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades
Fix 8Don’t assign grades usinginappropriate or unclearperformance standards; provideclear descriptions ofachievement expectations.This is what is meant by aligningachievement indicators.
Sun West RubricHow many “points”? … 6? … 5?…4?Why 5?Provincial assessment: where arewe now?
Knowing, Understanding, Doing?What is the difference? Know: Understand: Do:Think/Pair/Share
“Understanding”"Non satis scire — "To know is notenough.” Motto of Hampshire CollegeWiggins and McTighe – Facets ofUnderstanding
6 Facets of UnderstandingWhen someone truly understands, they: Canexplain concepts, principles, and processes Can interpret Can apply Can demonstrate perspective Can display empathy Have self-knowledge
Performance Tasks – Applying LearningThe performance tasks ask students to apply their learning to a new and authentic situation as means of assessing their understanding.UbD FAQ - McTighe
Technique #4 – Co- Constructing CriteriaBring students into the processWhat does quality “look like”?Build the assessment with yourstudents.Cleaning the bathroom
Technique #5 – Use AnchorsAnchors show students whatquality looks likeUse samples of different levels
Technique #5 – Collegial DiscussionsHow are you using the rubric withyour students? e.g. Davidson SchoolProvincial – ELA Expressive StrandsProject; Math Pre- and Post-Assessments Grades 1-9; Sun WestRubrics – Reading AssessmentDivide and conquer!
Analyzing Measurement ToolsChoosing the right tool is important ifthe assessment is to be accurate.Math Summative Assessments –levelling by questionAnalyzing Current Assessments – e.g.Bio 20/30
Clear targets for AssessmentClarify curriculum outcomes - unpackingHigh quality assessment tasks - analyzingRubrics to describe what quality looks like -creatingAnchors to show what quality looks like - creatingChecklists to enable students to monitor their ownprogress - listing Damian Cooper, 2010
FeedbackMore questions about the SunWest Rubric?