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       NDTAC
      April 2006
NDTAC’s Home on the Net: www.neglected-delinquent.org
Pre-Post Assessment
   Why focus on pre-post assessment?
    – Assessment is an integral part of any student’s
      educational experience, especially for youth who are
      neglected or delinquent
    – Assessment helps :
       • teachers to individualize instruction
       • ensure that students master all aspects of the curriculum
       • document students’ academic progress
    – Assessment data:
       • provides administrators with valuable information on the
         status of their education programs
       • helps to identify effective practices
       • helps direct resources and interventions to those students,
         teachers, and/or facilities with the greatest needs
In the Spotlight
NDTAC’s A Brief Guide to Selecting and Using Pre-Post
  Assessments
                       This guide summarizes the “how” and
                       “why” of selecting an appropriate pre-post
                       test, describes key concepts such as
                       reliability and validity, and provides a
                       checklist of questions for the test publisher.
                       The guide is intended as a resource for
                       those who are interested in selecting a new
                       pre-post assessment, or who wish to
                       reevaluate their current testing procedures,
                       and may help administrators select an
                       instrument that best meets the needs of
                       their programs.
In the Spotlight
NDTAC's Assessment Toolkit: Measuring Academic
  Performance
                         The Toolkit featured this month was designed
                         to help State administrators and local program
                         managers track and improve their academic
                         assessment procedures and results. The
                         toolkit provides an overview of the benefits of
                         collecting and using academic assessment
                         data and includes resources designed to help
                         programs improve assessment procedures.
                         Especially exciting are the resources for data
                         collection, which provide program managers
                         with the opportunity to track their program’s
                         progress over time by using electronic data
                         tables and graphs.
     State Administrator’s Toolkit- Web

Snapshot:
Administrator’s
Toolkit for
collecting
Assessment Data

*Web only

All Assessment
Toolkits are available
on the NDTAC
Website in the April
Spotlight.
   Program Manager’s Toolkit- Excel

Snapshot:
Program
Manager’s
Toolkit

*Excel Table

Features:
•Track progress
over 1 or more
Review Periods
•Easy, 1-click
navigation
  Program Manager’s Toolkit- Graphs
Snapshot:
Program
Manager’s
Toolkit

*Excel Graph

More Features:
•Interactive
•Automatically
produces
presentation-
friendly graphs
from data you
enter into Tables
 Program Manager’s Toolkit- PDF
Snapshot:
Program
Manager’s
Toolkit

*PDF version

Features:
•In-depth review
•“Next Steps”
section to set
Goals for next
Review Period
•Printer-friendly
   Reading List
Rabinowitz and Ananda’s Balancing Local Assessment with
  Statewide Testing: Building a Program that Meets Student
  Needs (2000)
                  This article outlines the role of State and local assessment and the steps
                  local stakeholders should consider when developing assessment systems.
                  The authors map out eight key steps to developing local assessment
                  systems that, when properly planned, can yield valuable student
                  achievement information. These steps include:
                  • identifying and prioritizing needs and goals
                  • meeting with state assessment officials
                  • identifying resources
                  • convening development teams
                  • providing necessary professional development
                  • piloting tasks and reports
                  • revising tasks based on pilot studies
                  • implementing and monitoring
Assessment and Data Systems
Library UPDATED!
         Updated this month, this library page is one of eight that
         the Center has to offer. Other library pages include:
         • Curriculum & Literacy
         • Monitoring & Compliance
         • Neglected Youth
         • Special Education
         • State Plans, Collaboration & Family Involvement
         • Teacher Quality & Professional Development
         • Transition, Re-entry & Aftercare

         Each page contains strategies, models, and
         innovations; legal requirements and legislation; events
         and presentations; tools; and additional readings and
         resources
In the Spotlight
A Look at Legislation: Common Pre-Post Assessments
             This article examines two States and their move toward
             common, State-approved pre-post tests. We explore how
             the process unfolded in each State, provide examples of
             State legislation mandating a common test, and talk
             about why some local facilities actually pushed for this to
             happen.


             Contributors:
             Karen Denbroeder, Senior Educational Program Director for
             the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of
             Exceptional Education and Student Services
             Robert Bakke, Consultant for the California Department of
             Education’s Secondary, Postsecondary, and Adult Education
             Division’s Educational Options Office
Common Assessment in Florida’s
Juvenile Justice Education System
Karen Denbroeder, Senior Educational Program Director for the
  Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional
  Education and Student Services

                    In February 2006, Florida Chancellor of K-12
                    Public Schools, Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke,
                    announced the selection of the Basic
                    Achievement Skills Inventory (BASI) as the
                    common assessment instrument for all
                    incarcerated students across the State.



                    But how did they get there?

				
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