Strategic Assessment Systems in Wisconsin

The Strategic Assessment Systems in Wisconsin group will include resources to build data and assessment literacy; to help promote data-informed decision-making; and to support strategic data and assessment work in Wisconsin schools.
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Formative Assessment Explainer Video and Supplement

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Educators use formative assessment to continually reflect and improve their skills related to these practices. The Formative Assessment video is a resource that can be used to support educators' professional development related to assessment literacy. Use the Video Supplement & Resource Guide to enhance your facilitation of this professional development opportunity.

Material Type: Formative Assessment

Utilizing Self and Peer Assessment as Formative Practices Using Poetry Podcasts

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A mini-poetry project allows students to practice public speaking, listening, and critical analysis skills. Students practice formative assessment throughout the unit by participating in peer assessments. Students use accountable talk to provide classmates with constructive feedback based on anecdotal notes taken during the podcast.  Students also participate in self-assessment and think about what skills they need to practice to meet proficiency.

Material Type: Formative Assessment, Learning Task, Self Assessment, Unit of Study

Using Assessment Notebooks in Reading

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A multi-age primary classroom teacher uses formative assessment as a barometer of student learning. She records anecdotal notes about her students' reading progress within an assessment notebook and references the notes for future instruction.

Material Type: Formative Assessment

The Stop Light Method for Writing Revision

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A teacher uses self-assessment as a formative practice within the classroom. Students self-assess their writing with a stop light system: green (confident with first draft), yellow (unsure and wants clarification), or red (needs support) based on a writing exemplar. Next, they partner with a student with an opposite color to provide feedback or obtain feedback. Finally students use the feedback to revise their writing.

Material Type: Formative Assessment, Self Assessment

Using Whiteboards to Practice Sight Words

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A Kindergarten teacher demonstrates how she uses white boards for quick formative assessment of student learning. They gathers snapshots of student proficiency of “sight words”. She takes anecdotal notes to help guide future instruction.

Material Type: Formative Assessment, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Strategic Assessment Explainer Video

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This video and resources can be used to build awareness among leaders, as well as to support educators' professional learning. Consider using this supplement to support conversations with parents/community, as well as to promote data and assessment literacy as part of ongoing professional development and PLC activities.

Material Type: Formative Assessment, Interim/Summative Assessment

Interim Assessment Video Explainer

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This video and resources can be used to support educators' professional development related to assessment literacy. Consider using the supplement to kick off your next PLC meeting to enhance your own assessment literacy.

Material Type: Interim/Summative Assessment

Assessment Design Toolkit

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CSAI has collaborated with the Reform Support Network to share this Assessment Design Toolkit. The Toolkit includes v​ideos and supplemental materials to help teachers write and select well-designed assessments. Although the primary audience is teachers and principals, district and State leaders can use the Toolkit to design professional development opportunities.

Material Type: Assessment Item, Formative Assessment, Interim/Summative Assessment, Rubric/Scoring Guide, Self Assessment

What is Performance Assessment?

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In this article, Tom Vander Ark presents a definition of performance assessment, criteria for high quality performance assessment, and examples of different types of performance assessments. He then discusses reasons for using performance assessments (including in personalized learning), and ways to track results.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

WISExplore Data Source Audit

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The Data Source Audit was created to help educators, administrators, and leaders analyze state, district, school, and student outcomes related practice data sources. The topics that are analyzed throughout this process include prevalence of data, access to data, and purpose and use of data.    

Material Type: Assessment

SLDS Data Use Standards

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Standards for Effective Data Use It’s clear that educators today need to develop data savvy. The Statewide Longitudinal Data System partners, comprised of educational leaders across 13 states, provide a set of Data Use Standards describing the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed for effective data use to inform instructional and programmatic decisions. It is recommended that school and district leadership teams reflect about their professional growth in data use knowledge, skills and professional behaviors. These standards provide a good beginning for such reflection as they detail “the essential knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors required by teachers and administrators to effectively use data to inform instructional and programmatic decisions.” The standards are divided into three subgroups, which are listed in the table below: Knowledge, Skills and Professional Behavior Standards for Data Use Knowledge Skills Professional Behaviors Fundamental Knowledge Processing Knowledge Conceptual Knowledge Planning Selecting Collecting Analyzing Interpreting Communicating Acting Ethical Use Rules and Regulations Collaboration Continuous Improvement

Material Type: Other

Author: Wendy Savaske

SLDS Data Use Standards: Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Behaviors for Effective Data Use

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As state and local education agencies increasingly focus on serving educators with their data systems, a common challenge has arisen: identifying the critical knowledge and skills needed by teachers and administrators to use data effectively. Many states are creating data literacy and data use training programs for pre- and in-service educators without a common foundation on which to base the content. In addition, several state education agencies and educator preparation programs have begun communicating about how to create a stronger alignment between pre- and in-service training for educators regarding data use.

Material Type: Other

Student Data Privacy: Guidance, Checklist and Action Plan

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Purpose: The purpose of this resource is to understand the importance and legal requirements of protecting student data privacy and assess the status of current practices. Description: This resource is designed to be utilized collaboratively by district leadership teams and reinforced by school leadership teams. First, you will find guidance regarding policies, principles and protocols critical to protect student data. The checklist that follows is organized into eight items to assess and provide evidence regarding current status. Using the checklist, teams identify areas of need and plan actions to be taken to insure student privacy.

Material Type: Other

Author: Wendy Savaske

Assessment and Data Literacy E- Learning Series

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a series of three Data and Assessment Literacy modules. These three modules provide flexible learning opportunities for pre-service teachers, veteran teachers, administrators, and school board members. They may be accessed via slides to be used as a district-wide, school-wide, or small group PLC learning experience or individually on-line. The modules are broken down into smaller units of study that can be taken in any order, at any point in time based on the specific needs of the user.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Lauren Zellmer