|Underlying Principles and Beliefs:||
How this may be seen:
|On-going balanced assessment is used to support student progress|
|Assessment is based on the Alberta Programs of Study|
|Students are actively involved in assessment|
|Assessment informs the teaching process|
|Summative assessment informs reporting & evaluation|
Learning Technology Workshop Presentations on Assessment
Website: Alberta Assessment Consortium
This site contains an extensive online collection of classroom assessment materials, developed by teachers for everyday classroom use. Professional learning materials are also available for individual study, PLC work, or whole school use. Members have access to these materials through jurisdiction-specific user name and password. You can ask your Divisional Learning Coach or any of your colleagues for the district's username and password. In the Assessment Foundations section you will learn about the basics of assessmentwith an Albertan context. Resources are available in both English and French.
Webinar: Feed Up, Feedback, Feed Forward: Making Formative Assessment Come Alive - Nancy Frey (scroll down to see recommended book)
A comprehensive formative assessment system should fit seamlessly within the daily flow of the classroom. But in many places, formative assessment requirements signal an end to instruction so that students can be tested. Join Nancy Frey as she discusses an ongoing approach to formative assessment that enhances the give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning. This webinar will include examples from elementary and secondary classrooms.
Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and authentic has been the cornerstone of their success. See how on the link above.
Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.
How you can replicate authentic assessment with the resources and time you have.
Dr. Anne Davies - Classroom Connections International Inc.
The site includes a comprehensive lesson plan for using the book in a study for professional learning.
Book Series: Classroom Assessment: What's Working in High Schools Book One and Two
Dr. Anne Davies, Kathy Busick, ed. - Building Connections Publishing Inc
Dr. Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst, and Kathy Busick, ed. - Building Connections Publishing Inc,
This Canadian site provides the best background and resources for classroom teachers and schools to further develop their understanding and skills in assessment. On this page you will find links to the answer to "what is assessment for learning?", amazing research findings, and you can how how assessment for learning is transforming lives. You can follow Anne Davies' and Sandra Herbst's blogs from here.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey - Association for Supervison and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 2008
Instruction and assessment must become fluid companions. Instruction, whether at Tier 1, 2, or 3, must be frequently informed by informal assessments. You can find a study guide here for you to use in your professional learning or book study. About the Authors.
PRSD Assessment for Learning Resources:
Website: Alberta Assessment Consortium
The AAC website contains an extensive online collection of classroom assessment materials, developed by teachers for everyday classroom use. Professional learning materials are also available for individual study, PLC work, or whole school use. Members have access to these materials through jurisdiction-specific user name and password.You can ask your Divisional Learning Coach or any of your colleagues for the username and password. Many practical resources here - including resources for teaching students how to be successful learners.
Website: Instructional Strategies Online
Instructional strategies determine the approach a teacher may take to achieve learning objectives.Five categories of instructional strategies and explanation of these five categories can be found within this site. Instructional methods are used by teachers to create learning environments and to specify the nature of the activity in which the teacher and learner will be involved during the lesson. While particular methods are often associated with certain strategies, some methods may by found within a variety of strategies. A sampling of instructional methods with accompanying explanations are presented in this website.
Resource: For PRSD staff - The Assessment for Learning Strategies Package
PRSD Staff will use their current username and password to access a resource that has 51 pages of practical Assessment for Learning strategies you can use in your classrooms immediately.
This site offers full-service CBMs (Curriculum Based Measures) - for a price. These items can be used for diagnostic testing or other assessment purposes. At the foundation of aimsweb is general outcome measurement, a form of curriculum-based measurement (CBM), used for universal screening and progress monitoring. This form of brief assessment measures overall performance of key foundational skills at each grade level and draws upon over thirty years of scientific research that demonstrates both its versatility to provide accurate prediction of reading and math achievement as well as its sensitivity to growth.