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  • 1. BEST PRACTICES IN ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUESOct. 18 SFS Faculty sessionsContent:Range of topics that we could take a look at: as you requested. Some of these will berepeated to some degree on the full EARCOS day so just keep that in mind as wedesign these sessions. And really just about anything related to assessment that is ontheir minds I can work with them on...Common assessments - purpose, design features, practical examplesFeedback - the neuroscience, how it is now the most essential factor and how thatimpacts day to day instructional;/assessment practiceCritical role of context in assessmentFormative ( ongoing) assessment techniques, including how we record evidence andwhat we do with the recorded evidenceA review of the five types of assessment tools and when each is most usefulDifferentiating assessment - when and how although this requires some background inthe 5 types and practice with aligning with standards; Assessing 21st. Century skillsEvaluation strategies - the use of narrative rubrics, criteria, grades - when each isOrganisation8:00 – 10:00 Session 1 ES/ BS KS1/210:00-10:30 Break10:30 – 12:30 Session 2 MS/ BS KS 312:30 – 1:30 Lunch1:30- 3:30 Session 3 HS
  • 2. EARCOS DAY Oct 19, 20 BEST PRACTICES IN ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUESSuggested write upOct 19: 8:00- 12:00 EARCOS Workshop; (30-40 participants) SFS attendees tohave release time 1:00 -4:00 pm Whole Faculty (and some EARCOS participants)Why Rethink Assessment?Teachers have been assessing students since the invention of schooling? Whatschanged? Why all the focus these days on this age-old concept? Plenty. In this thissession we will explore 4-5 of the major reasons that schools worldwide are spendingtheir resources to doing a better job of collecting and using evidence of learning andbegin the journey from theory to practice.Controversial but essential practices that are HIGH LEVERAGE such as alwaysproviding second and third opportunities; the notion of removing the culture of penalty;homework as NOT an assessment;Grading: ( I know you are focusing on this the following year but it is often hard toavoid as it is an integral practice in most schools)Oct 20 EARCOS Workshop(30-40 participants)Classroom Assessment Really Matters: Getting it rightThere is now compelling evidence that classroom assessment practices can have adramatic impact on student achievement. The idea that assessment is our mostessential toolkit in improving learning is firmly established. In international schools,where little benchmarking data is available, an effective classroom-based assessmentprogram is even more critical.Through a series of interactive, practical activities participants will be introduced toseveral classroom-based assessment practices which are designed to use theassessment process to improve, rather than simply audit student learning.Participants will also explore where assessment fits in the bigger picture of curriculum, and whatpractices are critical in the international school classroom. We will explore the research and practicerelated to:• Aligning the 5 major types of assessment with outcomes to ensure learning evidence is accurate and usable for guiding instruction• The role of contextual assessment as a ‘summative assessment tool• The now ESSENTIAL practice of giving effective feedback• The HUGE role of ongoing or formative assessment tools in improving learning and its relationship to summative assessment• Evaluation tools that support learningMost suitable for teachers of grades 3 and above