October 10-16 Common Formative Assessments
By grade levels, teachers agree on an ELA and Math
SHORT assessment they’d like to give to either check in on something they are
teaching or to pre-assess something they are about to teach.
This can literally be a 4-6 question assessment done
with clickers and it does not need to be in Data Director. It just needs to be common to the grade level
team. The dates are not fixed in stone,
so you can fudge the window a little if you want.
October 23-26 Parent Conference Week
All students receive a Progress Report. For many/most their report will just say,
“meets grade level expectations at this time.”
It is OK to print out the form (via Data Director) and
say “See attached” if teachers want to add their own additional comments, etc.
Reports DO NOT have to printed out via Data Director this year unless you
choose to do so. In coming years
we may decide to make it mandatory because it becomes part of the student
record we can all easily access.
January 10-25 K-5 Benchmark Window
All teachers give the K-5 District-Wide
Benchmarks. These were revised by grade
level teams this summer.
I will be sending out the revisions next month for
teachers to give their final stamp of approval.
These are as perfect as they are going to get. (Which,
I realize isn’t perfect.) We are going
to use them for the next two years, with no changes, until we switch to Common
Core aligned assessments. At that same
time the Report Card will change as well.
In the coming years we may add an optional Performance
Task to teach assessment.
December 21 Report Card Window Opens
January 28 Report Cards Go Home
March 4-8 Common Formative Assessments (see above, same drill)
March 18-22 Progress
Reports for at-risk of retention students ONLY
April 29-May 3 Progress Reports for at-risk of
retention students ONLY
May 10 Report Card Window Opens
May 20-31 End of Year Benchmark Window
In the past these benchmarks have been optional for
2nd-5th due to STAR testing and each site has set their own guidelines. Elementary Principals have not discussed this
June 7 Final Report Cards Go Home