Archive for November 7th, 2011

Assessment for Learning: Technology Supported Formative Assessment

Every day in classrooms across Texas, technology tools are infused with quality instruction to boost engagement, simplify learning task management, differentiate for diverse learning needs and increase learning through exposure to content with multiple…

ELAR – Formative Assessment

Formative assessments are an integral part of the instruction process, providing feedback to both the teacher and student with the goal of improving learning.   Without formative assessments, teachers wouldn’t be able to make timely adjustments to …

Using Released Test Items to Design Justified Lists and Card Sorts for Science

Assessment seems to be all anyone is talking about in education these days.  Well, okay, a few people might have mentioned school financing, but STAAR, EOC, Reference Documents (the documents previously known as formula charts), and the just-released …

Social Studies – Writing is a Process

Social Studies teachers avoid ELA writing workshops like the plague. This is an exaggeration, of course, but the statement has some validity. So let’s rephrase the statement: most Social Studies teachers don’t want to attend a workshop that doesn…

In This Issue

Using Released Test Items to Design Justified Lists and Card Sorts for Science Formative Assessment in Mathematics Social Studies – Writing is a Process ELAR – Formative Assessment Assessment for Learning: Technology Supported Formative Assessment …

Assessment for Learning: Technology Supported Formative Assessment

Every day in classrooms across Texas, technology tools are infused with quality instruction to boost engagement, simplify learning task management, differentiate for diverse learning needs and increase learning through exposure to content with multiple…

Appraisals and Walkthroughs: Considertions for This Point in the Year

Now that we have had a great start to our school year, what have you been doing for your teachers and their appraisals?  At this point you and the other appraisers should have completed multiple walkthroughs for every teacher on campus.  Formal appra…

RtI: An InFORMed Framework

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a tiered model of intervention that can be defined as the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make changes in instruction or goals…

Beginning Of Year (BOY) Data Collection, Start Your Year off on the Right Path!

Schools and classrooms are data rich to be sure, but often as teachers we don’t know what data we should be analyzing beyond the state’s standardized test results. More importantly, we don’t effectively use our data to drive our planning and ins…

STAAR Resources

STAAR Resources As you begin the 2011-2012 school year it is important to learn how the new assessment system – the State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness or STAAR – will impact the students in your classroom. While we are still waiting …

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