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For teachers and leaders at all levels:
Join educator and author Tammy Heflebower, one of Marzano Research Associates top 3 presenters, for a full day of learning.
Teachers regularly make important evaluations about student achievement. How do you know if such decisions are based on sound assessment results? Learn research-based practices for using quality formative classroom and district-level assessments aligned to solid grading practices.
Formative assessment starts with the development of proficiency scales based on state standards. These scales divide the content/standards into a series of measurement topics, and provide a scale to measure progress towards achieving the goals of these topics. Teachers can then use the scales and multiple formative assessments to gather pieces of data on each measurement topic. Student achievement is measured not by averaging the assessment data, but by looking at the trend of data over time, thus developing a more accurate, reliable, and valid picture of the student’s current level of understanding.
Marzano Research’s professional development in formative assessment practices uses the framework described in Formative Assessment and Standards Based Grading. This framework employs several strategies, including (1) school and district developed proficiency scales to define the curricular goals for students, (2) alignment of instruction and assessment practices to the scales, (3) use of formative assessment strategies to monitor student progress and provide feedback, and (4) the reporting of student progress.
· Discover the research regarding feedback, assessment, and grading
· Learn how to review and revise existing assessments for quality
· Understand how to collaborate to continuously improve assessments and instruction
· Explore variations among obtrusive, unobtrusive, and student-generated assessments
· Identify varied uses of assessment information to gain formative, summative, or instructional feedback
· Learn to track student progress for a better overall picture of performance
· Align grading and reporting practices to formative assessment strategies on small and large scales
· Formulate an implementation and communication plan to facilitate your school’s transition to standards-based grading.