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Assessment for mastery


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How one teacher developed a mastery based assessment program in a high school foreign language class.

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Assessment for mastery

  1. 1. Mastery teaching program<br />By Alexandra Shaver<br />Early/Middle College at <br />GTCC-Greensboro<br />Spanish Foreign Language<br />Assessment for Mastery<br />
  2. 2. Why assess for mastery?<br />My students needed more feedback while on the 0-100 points system.<br />MORE…<br />…transparent feedback<br />…specific feedback<br />…feedback than I realistically have time to give<br />…feedback than they would take the time to read<br />…self-evaluative feedback<br />…more sociocultural feedback<br />
  3. 3. Why assess for mastery?<br />If my friend Liz wins a marathon, she is not penalized for her inability to finish at the beginning of her training.<br />She is, however, rewarded in the end with how much effort she put into her training.<br />
  4. 4. Why assess for mastery?<br />Bob played every video game until he won, and then he let his kids play. <br />He didn’t win on the first try, but through mistakes and constant adjustment he learned perseverance, focus and improved his skills along the way.<br />
  5. 5. Why assess for mastery?<br />Why can't learning a foreign language be the same for my students?<br />
  6. 6. Benefits<br />Challenges<br />More explicit teaching of simple concepts.<br />SMART goals and scaffolding for all skill levels.<br />Students say “That’s fair!”<br />Students say “That’s easy!”<br />Report cards and progress reports made easy.<br />Increase student responsibility for learning and the learning environment.<br />Time-consuming to develop<br />Stakeholder acceptance<br />Student/Parent Identity tied closely with 0-100 ABCDF’s<br />Professional Community <br />NCWISE:<br />Categories vs. Assignment Type<br />0-100 points <br /> vs. <br /> 0-4 mastery scale<br />Why assess for mastery?<br />
  7. 7. How do I start?<br />My system was adapted from Marzano’sClassroom Assessment and Grading that Works! I chose:<br />0-4 point system<br />0-not demonstrated<br />1-below basic<br />2-basic<br />3-proficient<br />4-advanced<br />21st Century Life Skills<br />Work Completion<br />Participation<br />Working in Groups<br />Behavior<br />
  8. 8. Start at Level 2<br />Student exhibits mastery of the simple concepts<br />Students can use formulas, rules and form/meaning connections for<br />Manipulating<br />Translating<br />Identifying<br />Recalling <br />FL teachers, this is for<br />Stretching your below average students<br />General: Students demonstrate knowledge to apply rules to basic words/phrases.<br />Specific: Adjectives-gender and number agreement<br />
  9. 9. Second Level 3<br />3-Student exhibits mastery of the complex concepts<br />Communicating through writing and speaking with proper use of grammar and vocabulary.<br />3-FL teachers, this is for<br />Stretching your average students<br />General: Students produce their own thoughts in the L2 using correct grammar/vocabulary.<br />Specific: Adjectives-maintain gender and number agreement in communication<br />
  10. 10. Jumping back to Level 1<br />1-Student is unable to complete tasks independently, but is able with the help of notes, other students, or teachers.<br />Students are beginning to use formulas, rules and form/meaning connections for<br />Manipulating<br />Translating<br />Identifying<br />Recalling <br />1-FL teachers, this is for<br />Stretching your struggling students.<br />
  11. 11. Up to Level 4<br />4-Student exhibits mastery by applying new content or concepts to previously learned material.<br />4-Student exhibits mastery by applying cross-curricular connections in communication.<br />4-FL teachers, this is for <br />Stretching your high flyers<br />Affirming native speakers<br />4- Can simply include extra well written and eloquent spoken responses to questions or prompts.<br />
  12. 12. Assess for topic, not for assignment type<br />Adjectives<br />Activity 3 pa. 7 2<br />Quiz 1 1<br />Homework Guided Practice 2<br />Homework Core Practice 3<br />Quiz 2 2<br />Activity 8 pa. 7 3<br />Test 2/3<br />Project 3<br />
  13. 13. Homework costs as much as Tests!<br />Adjectives<br />Activity 3 pa. 7 2<br />Quiz 1 1<br />Homework Guided Practice 2<br />Homework Core Practice 3<br />Quiz 2 2<br />Activity 8 pa. 7 3<br />Test 1A Sections B and D 2/3<br />Project 3<br />Instructor Evaluation 3<br />
  14. 14. 0-100 Points System<br />0-4 Scale<br />Grammar<br />Adjectives and Nouns 2<br />Verbs Like gustar 3<br />Reflexive Verbs 2<br />Irregular Verbs 3<br />Commun. Contexts (V)<br />Getting Ready 3<br />Describing Class 3<br />Life Skills<br />Participation 3<br />Behavior 3<br />Working in Groups 3<br />Work Completion 2<br />Quizzes: <br />Q3 90<br />Q2 83<br />Q1 45<br />Tests:<br />T2 90<br />T1 88<br />Homework:<br />HW5 60<br />HW4 100<br />HW3 0<br />Classwork:<br />C2 89<br />C1 86<br />Which progress report gives better feedback?<br />
  15. 15. GET STARTED 1<br />For each prep: Determine assessment topics (grammar, vocabulary contexts, 21st Century Life Skills, culture themes/projects, etc.)<br />
  16. 16. GET STARTED 2<br />For the first unit: Explain and model the system, weaving it into topic discussions, notes, assignments, etc.<br />
  17. 17. GET STARTED 3<br />For each lesson: Utilize or create (yourself/team/class) the assessment items for the topic and provide visual during unit.<br />
  18. 18. GET STARTED 4<br />For each student: Provide a portfolio for all assessments from a given unit and assessment record sheets.<br />
  19. 19. GET STARTED 5<br />For classwork/quizzes/etc: Students grade and/or record scores on assessment pages with work evidence in portfolio (which students never take out of class)<br />
  20. 20. Watch your students grow!<br />Academic Growth<br />Social Growth <br />Personal Growth<br />
  21. 21. HELPFUL TIPS!<br />Find a support group in your school or department!<br />Ask for help/input from your CF and district administration!<br />Develop along the way for your classes!<br />Integrate into lesson plans or write a plan and reflection for professional portfolio!<br />