Monday, April 18, 2011

NZCER PD with Charles Darr

Assessment is great: scavenger hunt could be used for assessment or a point for discussion. There have beenn tests/experiements in the US where black people were told that black people do more poorly on tests before given a test actually do more poorly than others' who weren't told.

I scored 5 out of 11 in the test. Stink. Jacqui scored 10/11 - I should have looked at her test - (tehe).

Validity means getting lots of samples so that we can see the whole picture, nit part of the picture. (Photo of kid eating icecream)
Reliability - how consistent is the assessment: if I test the child again will they score the same result?

Wiggin's 'Educative assessment' - could the students do well at the task for reasons that have little to do with the desired understanding or skill being assessed? (and vice versa)

I'm sorry, why is this important? What do 'norms' look like - "they actually look quite boring" that's what she said. I do not like how assessment puts kids into boxes. Like the debate assessment there could have been a kid who performed really poorly in a "sit-down-and-shut-up" test but who performed outstanding for the debate assessment.

Stanines are associated with 'norms'
Percentiles are not percentages and cannot be averaged.
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A fresh approach to measuring progress:
Using Scales: just a place on your learning journey:
Maths Strategy Scale:
Y10 l - Algebraic Equations/spatial and numeric patterns/angles
Y9 l
Y8 l -
Y7 l
Y6 l - tenths
Y5 l - Counting in tens
Y4 l - Problems that can be done using counting strategies/symmetry/2D objects/halving/interpret simple graphs.

Reading Comprehension Strategy Scale:
Y10 l -
Y9 l
Y8 l -
Y7 l
Y6 l -
Y5 l -
Y4 l - Simple inferences, vocab, grammar, familiar topics, infer motives, character traits, arguments and themes.

This question was really confusing for my kids: 4/28 answered correctly. What do you think?


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Lot's of stuff, including NZCER assessments for writing; they look pretty cool and I like the fact that they are done online as a test.

I found that on the NZCER website I can go into each question (comp, maths etc) and see what percentage of my kids answered correctly/incorrectly. I found this very valuable because it can give me teaching points for the rest of the year.

In sum, a pretty taxing day; but it has plugged a few gaps for me about PAT and STAR tests.


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