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Assessment and Accountability
 Welcome to Assessment and Accountability where the number one goal is to support and implement the vision, mission, and goals of the district. We continually promote  the use of data from varying sources in making decisions about curriculum and instruction, as well as in planning for individual student needs.
 
***For the latest Student Achievement data for our schools, please visit www.alsde.edu and click on Accountabiliy Reporting. Additional information concerning specific assessments can be found under the DOCUMENTS tab.
 

 
RECOMMENDED READING 
 

Understanding School Assessment

by Jan Chappuis
Understanding School Assessment will help parents and community members understand the important role classroom assessment plays in school improvement and student achievement. It explains in clear terms what a healthy, balanced assessment environment looks like in schools and classrooms and what you need to know about the wide variety of assessment information coming home today. This book will help you work knowledgeably with teachers, schools, districts, other parents, and community members to create the best educational environment possible for your child and the children in your community. 
 
 
 

How to Grade for Learning, K-12

by Ken O'Connor
This new edition of the bestseller demonstrates how to improve grading practices by linking grades with standards and establishing policies that better reflect student achievement.
 
 
 
 
   

Transforming Classroom Grading

by Robert J. Marzano
Grading can be an invaluable tool for pinpointing strengths and weaknesses in students' understanding, provide a shared language for discussing learning, and help improve student performance over time. Unfortunately, current practices in classroom grading, such as the use of overall letter grades or percentage scores, are not amenable to this type of specific feedback. In fact, they do little more than label learning at periodic intervals. The antiquated grading system in use today has little or no research to support its continuation and is highly ineffective.

Transforming Classroom Grading presents viable alternatives. It is about designing grading systems that are both precise and efficient. Robert Marzano provides educators with a thorough grounding in grading research and theory. After clarifying the basic purposes of grades, he discusses what should be included in them, how to use a rubric-based approach to assessment and reporting, how to compute final topic scores and final grades, and how technology can streamline the grading process. He also addresses seven types of assessment, which, when coordinated, can provide a comprehensive view of student understanding and skill. Finally, he suggests alternatives to report cards with overall grades and ways to phase in their use.

 


 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Marzano Research Labs

Marzano synthesizs educational research into products and services that educators can put to use for concrete gains in student learning.

http://www.marzanoresearch.com/site/

Problem Based Learning

Resources to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.

http://pbl-online.org/

Assessment for Learning Defined 

http://www.assessmentinst.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/afldefined.pdf

Assessment Through the Student's Eyes

Rather than sorting students into winners and losers, assessment for learning can put all students on a winning streak.

http://www.assessmentinst.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Asssessment-Through-the-Students-Eyes.pdf

Enhancing Student Learning

Create profound achievement gains through formative assessment.

http://www.assessmentinst.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/enhancingstudent_dadmn01-08.pdf

Finding Balance: Assessment in the Middle School Classroom 

http://www.amle.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/October2008/Article1/tabid/1755/Default.aspx

Supporting Teacher Learning Teams

The learning-team model helps teachers make changes in practice that lead to improved student achievement.

http://www.assessmentinst.com/sites/default/files/EdLead-artic_feb09.pdf

Getting Ready for Common Standards

Many school districts will find that their present curriculum already includes a good deal of the Common Core State Standards. However, most schools also will find at least a few areas in which teachers and administrators need to make substantial changes to be ready for the standards’ implementation and the assessments that will support them.

Here are five essential actions for every school district planning to implement the Common Core. 

http://www.leadandlearn.com/sites/default/files/articles/1103-asbj-getting-ready-common-standards.pdf