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Assessment ToolCurrent Methods of UseReliabilityOther Ideas for Use
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Hanna-OrleansIt is currently used as a placement test for math. The student does still take this as a paper/pencil test, however it is scored by the computer and kept in the student's file. Yes, the district has been using this placement test for years and plan to continue to stick with it. N/A - it seems like a great resource for math placement, but not really for any other contents.
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AIMES WebCurrently used as a progress monitoring tool for reading/writing skills.Yes, if it is used the appropriate way. In reality, this should be used one time/week, but it is not currently used as often as it should by teachers. Currently the Language Arts teachers are the only ones using it, but Math, Social Studies, and Science can also use this a resource to help students with their reading/writing skills across the curriculum.
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ScantronMath & Language Arts use this 3x a year. The students are tested at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. This test is used as a formal assessment to compare the student scores to district and national expecatations at each grade level. The math and language arts teachers use this test to set goals for each student as well as evaluate their teaching. Scantron allows the teachers evalutate and see holes in the students knowledge as well as in their instruction, so they can change their instruction or provide individual interventions for students. Yes, it is norm/criterion refrerence, which makes it extremely reliable. It provides immediate feedback, compares students to national, state, and district standards, and opens the lines of communication with teachers, parents, and students. Within the district, math has is required to use it. Language Arts just started to use this assessment. Since math has been using it for so long, they are able to really utilize the data to their advantage. Language Arts is just learning, so teachers are needing more time to get comfortable with the data and exactly how to use it. Other contents can use this assessment tool. There is an assessment designed for science, but my science department does not use the tool because of price. Scantron costs $5/student. If science used it, then that would take away from the science budget and there would not be enough money left over for supplies for labs/hands-on activities/dissections/etc. However, Scantron does allow you to print tests, so my science department is using a paper/pencil version and inputting data into a spread sheet to show trends just like scantron. Due to this extra work, we can't provide immediate feedback to students, but we are able to do so in a short amount of time.
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ALEKSAssessment tool used to help students fill in gaps in math skills. It is self directed and students can choose which gaps to work on each day. Once they have mastered the skill, they can take a test as proof they have accomplished a goal. Yes, the math teachers love this program because it self directed and independent. It allows a teacher to have 30 students in a computer lab working on his/her individual skills very easily. The only issue is cost ($30/student license), so it is difficult with school funding. It is used as way to increase math skills. The only other use I can think of is the possibility of science teachers using it to help students with math skills that are needed in science. In order for our students to be in higher leveled science classes in high school is dictated by the student's math ability and skills. If students want to go into these higher science classes, they can work on his/her math skills with ALEKS independently and on their own time.
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Infinite CampusThis data tool is used for ALL teachers to input grades/comments of each student. It is used as a communication tool among parents, teachers, and students. IC also shows information that can be used for student evaluations such as CSAP and CoGat Scores. This type of information can be extremely useful for teachers to created differentiated instruction. IC also shows each students' IEP/AEP/ILP/504 paperwork, so teachers can track students' goals and make sure to provide services that are listed on the paperwork. Most of the time. In the past, we have had a few gliches that has caused some unnecessary stress on parents and teachers. For example, the To Do list continues to list ALL missing assignments for students for all four quarters. This can cause confusion for parents about what the student can still complete for credit and what they can't because it was in past quarters. This tool is a requirement for teachers. We are required to use this tool and have it updated weekly. If not, then it can affect a teacher's evaluation from the administrator.
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