Developing a Common
• With Superintendent, Curriculum Directors,
Principal, Assistant Principals, and Department
Overview of the meeting
• Standard Coverage Analysis
• Example of Standard Coverage Analysis
• Benchmark Exam Review
We have an EOC
• First time in about 7 or 8 years.
• GBE-Several of the Biology teachers had
increasing student achievement as measured
by the EOC results.
• Sample GBE
Develop a Bench Mark Assessment
• Each teacher submitted 5 questions
• We tweaked, added and deleted questions.
– Some questions were nonessential questions
– Some were the same questions.
• We picked a date.
• Each teacher administered the test to her
• We analyzed the student’s data.
• Summary Benchmark Analysis
• Example of Benchmark Analysis
As a Group
• We analyzed the data collectively.
– We went through each question and noticed that
we had a high number of students missing the
– This led to discussion about the questions and
how we individually teach that concept.
• Which principle of cell theory best supports the
idea that new cells will replace damaged cells in
a scraped knee?
• a. All living things are composed of one or more
• b. Cells are the basic units of structure and
function in living things.
• c. All presently existing cells arise from
previously existing cells.
• d. The nucleus of cells in animals reproduces
when exposed to air.
In the spring
• We used this feedback to tweak the test again.
• We took out some of the questions with the
high percentages and administered the test
• Use the common assessment as a Pre- Post
• Pick another standard and develop a bench
• A significant amount of time
• October till December
• Common pacing guide
• Detailed pacing guide
• Common syllabi
• Lesson plan template
• Copy of standards for students
• What Benefits do you see in creating a bench
• High school content area teachers
– How far did you get in this process?
• What issues would prevent you from doing
• Are you using a common pacing guide?
– How did you develop it?
• If you had to pick a unit, what would you do?
• Create a bench mark for each unit.