NEXT MEETING: 4/5/12 at CO. 8:30-3
The writing committee worked all day on the following items:
5. The writing committee will keep the pieces folks submitted as benchmarks. These pieces were very useful in referring back to when questions surfaced about the rubrics or prompts. As schools are giving pieces at different times, we feel that the selection of benchmark pieces is best done at the end of the year. When you submit writing pieces after the March administration, we would ask you to highlight the traits that were strong in that piece as well as think holistically about whether the piece meets, doesn't meet, or exceed expectations. Our rubrics have not been built to combine scores from each trait to determine proficiency. However, when used to score pieces holistically - we will need to identify what a piece that is meeting the expectations, etc. looks like.
6. The updated rubrics and prompts will be made available in VCAT as soon as possible. The good news is: SATEC and SACS have given the same prompts and therefore (with the exception of gr. 1 and 2), will not give these prompts again this year. FFCS gave different prompts. We will work to ensure that you have the most up to date materials before the March window.
Members present: Gretchen Maskell (SATEC), Liz Calcagni (SATEC), Andrew Evans (FFCS), Mary Larose (FFCS), Rita Kalsmith (FFCS), Susan Greenfield (SACS), Stacie Rouleau (SACS), Claire Draper (SACS), Stefanie Blouin (FCSU)
Writing Curriculum Committee Meeting
Time and Location: 8:30-3:00 at Central Office, 45 min. break for lunch – please bring your own
1. ODW prompts – What’s working; what’s not working?
2. ODW rubrics – What’s working; what’s not working?
3. Curriculum – Review how to access, questions, strengths, next steps (CCSS)
4. Review collection of writing samples, make plan for summer work
Directions for Collection of ODW Prompts
For the first assessment period (November), the writing
committee is asking folks to collect samples of students' On-Demand Writing
(ODW) pieces that showcase evidence of each proficiency band (significantly
below, partially proficient, proficient, proficient with distinction) for the
traits: IDEAS/ORGANIZATION and CONTENT.
For the first assessment period (November), the writing committee is asking folks to collect samples of students' On-Demand Writing (ODW) pieces that showcase evidence of each proficiency band (significantly below, partially proficient, proficient, proficient with distinction) for the traits: IDEAS/ORGANIZATION and CONTENT.
The committee asks that you focus on these two traits for the November window. However, you may choose to submit examples of other traits if strong examples are evident in your students' work.
The number of pieces you submit is up to you. However, as guidance the committee suggests that you submit the minimum number of pieces (perhaps as few as 4) that showcase the range of writing across proficiency bands for each trait.
The writing committee is collecting samples of ODW pieces to 1)Begin to calibrate expectations and scoring, 2)Determine strengths and weaknesses in the scoring rubrics to inform the revision process, and 3)Create a bank of ODW benchmarks with narratives to serve as a resource for scoring and instructional implications.
The writing committee asks that you submit your samples of ODW pieces directly to the Google site by clicking the following link and uploading as an attachment: https://sites.google.com/a/fcsuvt.org/fcsu-curriculum-instruction-and-assessment/home/writing/student-writing-samples. You may also give hard copies to the writing committee representative at your school (Gretchen Maskell, Rita Kalsmith, Andrew Evans, Mary Larose, Susan Greenfield, Stacie Rouleau). Please be sure that your document name includes the grade level, text type, trait and the proficiency level is clearly indicated. Ex. gr4narrativeideasproficient
The writing committee worked in June of 2011 to articulate the writing curriculum. The Common Core State Standards were accessed and our FCSU Writing Curriculum is built to reflect the expectations articulated in the CCSS. The curriculum is being built in VCAT and should be accessible within a couple of weeks. The FCSU Writing Curriculum is a dynamic document. Therefore, we will be refining the articulated outcomes as we move through implementation. The curriculum is focused in the follow areas: Text Types and Purposes, Writing Conventions, and Writing Process.
In the meantime, if you'd like access to the K-8 writing curriculum, PDF copies have been given to each building Principal at SACS and SATEC. Folks at SACS can ask Katie L. or Roland for a PDF copy. As soon as the curriculum is available in VCAT, I will post an update. At that time you may access the curriculum at www.vcat.us/fcsu. From the curriculum tab, select writing and the grade level you wish to review.
These on-demand prompts will be administered starting 2011-2012. As we implement the curriculum and prototype the on-demand writing prompts and scoring rubrics, our main goal will be to collect feedback. The writing committee would like to collect samples of student responses for each text type as well as your feedback about the prompts, student work, and scoring rubrics. Please photocopy and email or scan and place in the file on this google site any student pieces. The writing committee will be meeting on 12/1, 4/5 and 6/25-6/28. Please be sure to submit any samples of student work and feedback before each of these meeting dates. The writing committee will strongly consider your feedback as we revise the rubrics to strongly align with the outcomes articulated in the curriculum.
If you would like to participate as a member of this committee, our first meeting is 9/7/11 at Central Office from 3:30-5. We welcome new members!