Teaching and Learning Report
To: Michael Green
From: Asha Riley
Date: April 19, 2017
Re: Teaching and Learning
At our next board workshop, we will discuss school improvement principles 4, 5, and 6. Below I have included a brief description of these topics.
Principle 4 places focus on strong instructional programs that implement
Principle 5 places focus on the using data to inform instruction and drive improvement. Assessment terms that may come up during our workshop conversation are below with brief definitions.
- Diagnostic Assessments: Is a form of pre-assessment that allows a teacher to determine students' individual strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, and skills prior to instruction. It is primarily used to diagnose student difficulties and to guide lesson and curriculum planning.
- Screeners: Screening is a method of collecting data for determining how each student is performing in a given area. Screening reveals the low and high performing students. Screening is an initial step in instructional decision-making and is necessary to identify needs early.
- Progress Monitoring: Progress monitoring is used to assess students' academic performance, to quantify a student rate of improvement or responsiveness to instruction, and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class.
- Summative Assessments: Assessments of learning, typically used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period—typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year.
- Formative Assessments: Assessments for learning, typically refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.
- SBA: State test
knownas the Smarter Balanced Assessment of English Language Arts and Math content standards.
Principle 6 places focus on the school environment which includes student safety, discipline, and