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Using Data to Improve Instruction in Five Steps or Less

Now, review the three essential pieces already mentioned above: curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Begin with the locally-written curriculum. Check the alignment of the curriculum to the state standards; particularly the standard that students performed poorly on. Ask yourself or your PLC these questions: Does the local curriculum require the same skills and knowledge as those in the state standards? Is the “essence” of the standard the same when it was …Read More

Book Briefing: The Other Side of the Report Card

In honor of School Library Month, this E-Hint is inspired by a new book: The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development by Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito and Dominic Moceri (2016). As curriculum developers, we know that academic learning should be thoughtfully planned, and that instruction and assessment should be carefully aligned to standards. However, we may occasionally ask ourselves, “What about the other aspects of development, for example, self-management and social awareness?Read More

Determine Percentages from Varied Component Criteria

When creating assessments, many teachers have difficulty deciding how to score them and then be able to turn that score into a percentage. When creating outcome assessments, all components must be represented; however, it’s possible they will not all be equal in terms of the number of questions posed and/or points awarded. For example, posing two problems and requiring at least one to be correct may be sufficient to indicate …Read More

Definitions for Grading Purposes

In the CLI Model, one of the major tasks of the Curriculum Coordinating Council is to lead the district in making decisions about grading practices. It is a difficult task and sometimes an emotional one, both because most teachers feel strongly about the issues involved, and because they all want to “do the right thing” for their students. Notice we’ve said the council members “lead the district.” They do not …Read More