Category: Assessments

Assess Your Assessments

August 15, 2016 0

Assess Your Assessments matrix by Grant Wiggins Questions about the matrix does ‘support your answer’ always fall into ‘far transfer’? what does near and far transfer mean? what mode of assessment works best for middle school students? can a selected response go beyond recall and inference? what do you fill into the empty boxes? just…

By Chip Houston

10 Ways e-Portfolios Increase Learning

October 23, 2015 1

10 Ways e-Portfolios Increase Learning In schools, the use of e-portfolios is increasing as a way to enable learning, as well as a means to measure it. See Admissions Revolution (80 colleges and universities move towards use of online portfolios). There are a variety of types and purposes of e-portfolios including workspace, showcase, academic, employment,…

By Chip Houston

Building Our Learning Measures

October 22, 2015 0

Building Our Learning Measures This morning, our monthly vertical team meeting focused on building our capacity with two of our ‘expanded learning measures’ – formative assessment and e-portfolios. Here is the agenda with some data added… Essential Questions What are the limitations of numerical grades as a single measure of learning? How will we develop…

By Chip Houston

Formative Assessment Tickets

October 8, 2015 0

Formative Assessment via Entry, Transfer, and Exit Tickets Formative Assessment = a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. This morning’s faculty meeting was a lesson in formative assessment. We started the meeting with an entry…

By Chip Houston

9 Tips for Grading

August 7, 2015 0

The discussion and debate between numerical grades and standards based grading has been on the minds of our team a lot recently. As we look for new ways to expand the learning measures beyond the single gauge of traditional grades, we aren’t throwing traditional grades out. So, it follows that we should examine some tips,…

By Chip Houston

Expanding the Learning Measures

July 20, 2015 0

How might we expand the ways we monitor student progress and the measures of learning beyond quantitative, numerical systems that are not always reliable? Since May, eight dedicated educators have engaged in four summer grant opportunities to accelerate the work of our entire team, all with the purpose of expanding our ability to measure and monitor student progress…

By Chip Houston