Planning a Student Run Achievement Test Information Day for Families

Questions to ask yourself:

1. Which dollars are funding this project (Title I? A technology grant?)? Where ever the funds come from, you will need to make sure you document the event on paper (with the invitation or newsletter you send to the family) and possibly digitally (email describing the event to principal or pictures of the event) and give the documentation to the right party to keep as evidence for school/family involvement.  

2. What are the real things that people need to understand if they have a student that has to take an achievement test?

Consider these:

___ the tests are a challenge for all students

___ the tests are long, and have many limitations on noise levels and adult/student interactions

___ what is the testing environment like?

___ what kind of snacks do the kids get that day?

___ what does the student's score mean for their "permanent record"?

___ what does the student's score mean for the school's rating?

___ how can the students prepare at home?

___ how are the students being prepared at school?

Choose 3 areas above (or your own) to focus your Achievement Test Information Day on:

After you have your 3 big ideas, assign groups of students to fill in KWL charts for each one.  Allow me time first in small groups to just talk about what they know and what they still want/need to know in order to give an informed presentation to their families. Then, allow research time and lend yourself as a resource for information on the 3 big ideas. Use the KWL  'L' column for this information.

Have the students decide how to present their information for each of the 3 areas:

1. Trifold board presentation- who is talking for which detail?

2. Poster oars?

3. Using Glogster to create a Glog ( online poster)?

4. PowerPoint?

5. iPad display?

6. Lecture with notes for audience?

It is very important that at this point you allow them to choose their method of delivery and that you give them time to create their presentation. Facilitate and be a resource along the way.

How do they want to arrange the room? Will participants rotate to stations about each of the big ideas? Or will the presenters come up to the front of the room and the audience stays put?

Will there be refreshments?

Another note is, have this as close to the end of a school day as possible (for example, at 3pm on a Thursday right after dismissal). Then, family members may be more readily available for show up as they are already picking up kids from school or waiting for their bus to come, and they want feel like they'll be there all night.