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Preconference Session Assessment Literacy STANDARDS. February 18, 2014 MSTC Pre-conference Session. Session Purpose & Outcomes. Build the case Assessment Literacy is needed and lacking in our field Familiarize with NEW MI Assessment Literacy Standards - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Preconference Session MSTC 2014 Assessment Literacy

Preconference Session

Assessment LiteracySTANDARDS

February 18, 2014 MSTC Pre-conference Session

Session Purpose & OutcomesBuild the case Assessment Literacy is needed and lacking in our fieldFamiliarize with NEW MI Assessment Literacy StandardsExplore implications of assessment literacy for variety of stakeholder groupsHighlight existing resources/toolsGather your feedback regarding desired/necessary future PD, resources, tools.Session OverviewSet the Stage: Our context Introduce Assessment Literacy StandardsQuick Primer: Quality Classroom AssessmentsExplore Standards and Implications for Stakeholder GroupsCurrent Resources and Future PossibilitiesA deeper understanding of assessment is needed, for several reasons. (See slide.)

To help increase assessment literacy, the MAC has created draft Assessment Literacy Standards. Our overall goal is to provide a common framework and understanding to assist educators, students, parents, and policymakers in becoming more knowledgeable about assessment purposes and effective uses.Educators in Michigan, plus nation experts, created the draft standards. Your feedback on the draft standards is a vital part of the development process.

3OUR CONTEXTSetting the StageRemember societys demands of its school:ALL students lifelong learnersNarrow achievement gap among studentsUniversal graduation for studentsAll students ready for colleges or workplace trainingRaise achievement levels students

excerpted Rick Stiggins MDE- DAS 2013 Fall Conference presentation

So, how are we doing so far?NAEP scores have flat-lined for decades Drop out rates remain stable and high; some are astronomicalUSAs place in international rankings stableExcellent teachers and new teachers are leaving the profession in unprecedented numbers

excerpted Rick Stiggins MDE- DAS 2013 Fall Conference presentation

How many students drop out in the U.S. every day? 7,000. Eric Jensen presentation KCPIE 2/12/20136Our Context: assessment in all of thisPublic accountability for test scores supposed to improve schools (local, state, national, international)Linking federal funding to test scores supposed to improve schoolsWriting tougher standards & testsraising the bar supposed to improve schoolsCompeting for federal $ -- RtT, NCLB, -- supposed to improve schoolsEvaluating teachers based on annual test scores is supposed to improve schools Adapted from Rick Stiggins MDE- DAS 2013 Fall Conference presentation

How is this possible?No assessment training for teachers or adminsLack of assessment literacy among policy makers at local, state, and federal levelsLittle awareness throughout of how to link assessment to teaching and learningNo norm for quality assessment in higher ed.Aggressive selling of test services to unqualified usersStandards of quality ignore 99% of assessments Technical apps exacerbate quality problemsexcerpted Rick Stiggins MDE- DAS 2013 Fall Conference presentation

What is Assessment Literacy?When thinking about a person being assessment literate, what might he/she believe, know, and be able to do?

OPTIONAL ACTIVITYTime permitting.Think about this question and jot down your thoughts on an index card. (3 mins)With an elbow partner, talk about this question. (4 mins.)

**If you dont do the Optional Activity, start here.**Explain assessment literacy.Assessment literacy is the set of beliefs, knowledge and practices about assessment that lead a ____ (fill in the blank; teacher, administrator, etc.) to use assessment to improve student learning and achievement. [Go to the next slide.]

The Assessment Literacy Standards created by the MAC answer this question.

9Pause and Self-Assess ASSESSMENT LITERACY STANDARDSOverview ALS DevelopmentThe MAC has developed assessment literacy standards

These standards will describe the dispositions, knowledge and skills needed by all parties regarding student assessment

The goal is to provide a common basis for work to help all become more assessment literate

ALS DevelopmentAfter internal review and revision, several external reviewers were asked to comment on the standards. These included:Susan BrookhartCarol CommodoreMargaret HeritageKen OConnorJim PophamRick StigginsMASSP, MEMSPA and MASCDStudents and ParentsTeachersBuilding AdministratorsDistrictAdministratorsLocal and State Policymakers

Assessment Literacy StandardsPre-service teachersAdministrator CertificationStandards were created for all these groups.The assessment literacy standards roll-up into the next level. For example, some of the teacher standards are included in the principal standards, and so on.This is by design. As a principal, you need to know a certain set of standards, and you also need to know some of the teacher standards.Although these standards were created for K-12 education, we also see these as informing training and support at the higher-ed, in terms of pre-service teachers and administrator programs.14Assessment Literacy StandardsDispositionsKnowledgePerformance What does an assessment literate person believe and know about assessment, and what is such a person able to do?We refer to these things as dispositions, knowledge, and performance.

These are the concepts/constructs within which specific, detailed standards were developed.15

Standards are lettered and numbered for easy reference.Lets take a peek inside the standards for teachers so you can see how the structure is set up.16Quick Primer Quality Classroom AssessmentsAssessment LiteracyThinkPairShareWhat elements are necessary to ensure quality classroom assessments?List these qualitiesDiscuss why these are important

Thoughts From an Expert

What does assessment involve?Making expectations explicit and public

Setting appropriate criteria and high expectations for learning quality

Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards.andWhat does assessment involve?Using the resulting information to document, explain, modify, and improve performance.Essential Questions to Dialogue AroundAs you develop quality assessments, keep the following questions in mindWhat is the purpose of the assessment?Who will use the information?How will it be used?Is the use formative or summative?

A Formative ViewAs you develop quality assessments, keep the following questions in mindWhat is the purpose of the assessment?To provide teachers immediate information on student learningWho will use the information?Teachers and students in the classroomHow will it be used?To inform next steps in the learning processIs the use formative or summative?Formative

A Summative ViewAs you develop quality assessments, keep the following questions in mindWhat is the purpose of the assessment?Educator Evaluation / Accountability Who will use the information?Teachers and AdministratorsHow will it be used?To certify the learning processIs the use formative or summative?Summative

Quality Assessments

are Reliable and yield Valid data.In order for these two requirements to be met assessment developers must pay special attention to the following:Standard/Item AlignmentBalance of RepresentationTarget-Method MatchQuality Items

The best way to ensure your assessment is reliable and valid is to create a test blueprint and follow the blueprint while developing the assessment.

7-11 on chart25Implications for the ClassroomAssessments will evolve to be more rigorous and real world relevant, must match our teaching to this same standard

Assessment data must be used in the moment to inform next steps in the learning process

Schools must have a balanced assessment system in place within their classrooms

Implications for the ClassroomAll stakeholders must be assessment literateStudents (Parents and Public)TeachersAdministratorsPolicymakersSTUDENTSAssessment Literacy forStudent Assessment LiteracyThe documentation of student learning and progress now plays a primary role in how our schools and educational programs are evaluated. Assessment in all its forms (e.g., formative, summative, self-assessment) has become one of the biggest discussion points in education today. Educational accountability, must now be demonstrated in the classroom through the documented collection of student learning evidence. -- Dr. Raymond WitteStudent Assessment LiteracyReview the StandardsReflection ActivitySee HandoutIn the words of Pophamassessment illiteracy is professional suicide

James Popham

Consider thisResearch suggests that teachers spend from one-quarter to one-third of their professional time on assessment related activities.

Almost all do so without the benefit of having learned the principles of sound assessment.

Rick Stiggins, 2007TEACHERSAssessment Literacy forTeacher Assessment LiteracyEducator EvaluationDanielson Observation ToolsTeacher Assessment LiteracyReview the StandardsReflection ActivitySee HandoutArticle ReadRead the short article by James Popham

= Makes sense; affirms my thinking! = aha; new insight. ? = Raises a question, challenges my thinking.

Final ReflectionA solid understanding of assessment issues should be part of every teachers knowledge base, and teachers should be encouraged to equip themselves with this knowledge as part of their ongoing professional development.

Dr. Sara Cushing Weigle, Georgia State UniversityFinal ReflectionsWe owe it to ourselves and our students to devote at least as much energy to ensuring that our assessment practices are worthwhile as we do to ensuring that we teach well

Dr. David Boud, University of Technology, SydneyQuestions

39PRE-SERVICE TEACHERSAssess