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Wauwatosa School District
Goal
   Help the Organization understand
    assessment more uniformly by creating a
    common understanding of the concept.

   Give you a snapshot of the Wauwatosa
    School District current assessment
    practices.

   Where we need to move toward.
Purpose For Assessment

   Is to create sustained student
    achievement for all students, regardless of
    gender, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic
    status (SES).
Assessment is….
   How we determine the rate or amount of
    learning which has occurred over a period
    of time.
The Big Question

   How will we know if the Wauwatosa
    School District delivers an outstanding
    education that equips and inspires our
    students to conquer their challenges now
    and in the future?
Answer:

   By creating an assessment system that
    produces significant and sustainable
    improvement in student learning.
Two General Assessment Purposes

   Summative – Assessment OF Learning

   Formative – Assessment FOR Learning

How can one tell the difference between a
summative assessment and a formative assessment?
How To Recognize The Difference
   An assessment can be identified as
    summative or formative by the way the
    results are used.

   Summative – Used to make judgment at
    an end point in time.

   Formative – Used to make real-time
    changes to instruction.
Summative Assessment
   Their purpose is to provide
    information/data in order to evaluate if
    students have learned.
        Examples

          WKCE-CRT – measures whether a student has
           learned the outcome set by the state standards.
          Level II – measures whether a student has
           learned the outcomes set by our Wauwatosa
           learning targets (our content area standards and
           grade level benchmarks).
          Unit Test/Exam – measures whether a student
           has learned the outcome set by our teachers
           using the applicable grade level benchmarks.
Formative Assessment
   Their purpose is to provide
    information/data in order to evaluate if
    students are learning.
        Examples

          MAP (Measures of Academic Progress).
          Level II – measures whether a student is
           learning the outcomes set by our Wauwatosa
           learning targets (our content area standards and
           grade level benchmarks).
          Common grade Level Assessments –
           measures whether a student is learning the
           outcome set by our teachers using the applicable
           grade level benchmarks.
Formative assessment delivers
information during the instructional
process, before the summative
assessment.
The Bigger Question

   How do we know if the Wauwatosa School
    District is delivering an outstanding
    education that equips and inspires our
    students to conquer their challenges now
    and in the future?
Formative Assessment
   The greatest value in formative
    assessment lies in the teachers and
    students making use of results to improve
    real-time teaching and learning.

   Feedback to the learner as to where their
    current learning is compared to the
    learning targets (grade level benchmarks)
    is the key to improve student learning.
Our PLC Work Asks Us To Answer:

1. What do we want our students to learn?
       (essential, guaranteed & viable curriculum)
      Learning Targets (Content area standards and grade level benchmarks)

2. How will we know they are learning?
       (administer frequent, team-developed, formative assessments)
      Common professional collaboration time.
3. How will we respond when they don’t learn?
       (Timely, Directive, Systematic Intervention)
      Universal screening-MAP & Response to Intervention

4. How will we respond when they do learn?
       (Timely Enrichment/Extension)
      Differentiation, enrichment, feedback-Staff Development Needs
Staff Development Continuum
In the words of one Great American toy action
hero, “To infinity and beyond”.
            Change in Thinking
                 Assessment        Assessment
                 OF Learning      FOR Learning

Reason          Check Student          Improve
                 Achievement           Learning

To Inform        Inform others   Students About
                About Students     Themselves

The Focus         Standards      Learning Targets
                                 (Are Students Making Progress)
                 Examples
                Assessments OF       Assessment
                   Learning         FOR Learning


Examples        High Stakes Test   Assessment that
                                   shows Progress
                External
                                   Needs or Helps
                Assessment
                                   Students See
                Classroom Tests    Themselves Improve.
                Used for Grading
Place in Time   An Event After     A Process
                Learning           During Learning
Teachers Role-Assessment For Learning

1.   Identify the “Learning Targets” (c.s.
     and grade level benchmarks)
2.   Share “grade level benchmarks” with
     students regularly
3.   Create Accurate Classroom
     Assessments that are scored to the
     benchmarks
4.   Use results with Students to Track
     Growth
              The Key:

 Bringstudents inside the record
  keeping system and assessment
  system.
 Assessment for learning or
  assessment as learning.
Wauwatosa School District
The Lighter Side
What This All Means….
   We need to ask ourselves:
       Do our current assessments at the district level give us
        the necessary data to inform us about our desired
        outcomes?
       Do our Level II’s measure our grade level benchmarks?
       Do we have universal assessment screening tools to
        properly I.D. our struggling learners?
       Do our teachers have the tools and staff development
        necessary to create common formative assessments to
        in form instruction and enable their students to know
        they are learning.
Remember The Bigger Question

   How do we know if the Wauwatosa School
    District is delivering an outstanding
    education that equips and inspires our
    students to conquer their challenges now
    and in the future?
Answer
   Establish “Learning Targets” (content area standards and
    grade level benchmarks).
       Currently Comm. Arts Charge
   Utilize learning targets to update level II’s.
   Develop Our staffs understanding and utilization of
    formative and summative assessment practices.
       Formation of a Staff Development Council
   Identify universal screeners for struggling students
       MAPS
       K-5 Reading Intervention Sub Group
       Student Services and Learning are working toward RTI.
   Identification of a data analysis tool
       Pearson Inform
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