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GWAEA Iowa Core Leadership Series
April 21, 2010

About today's presenters:
Eric Townsley graduated from Wartburg College in 2001 with a BA in Math Education and Computer Science. In December of 2009 he received a Masters Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Educational Leadership. He's been teacher various levels of math and computer programming at Benton Community for the last 9 years. He blogs at assessmentforinstruction.blogspot.com He's utilized formative assessment and standards based grading over the last year in various levels of math.

Matt Townsley graduated with a BA in Math Education from Wartburg College in 2004. In May of 2009, he graduated from Iowa State University with an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional technology.  He has been teaching Geometry and Statistics at Solon High School for the past six years.  Matt regularly blogs about math education, technology and assessment at www.mctownsley.net and is the co-host of the educational podcast, "With Students in Mind."  He has presented at several AEA10 school districts as well as the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference regarding the use of formative assessment techniques and standards-based grading in his classroom over the past twelve months.   

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Slides from today's presentation:

From Points to Learning


Summer 2010 Course Information:
"Formative Assessment and Standards-based Grading in the 6-12 Classroom"

July 7, 8 and 9
8am - 2pm

Grant Wood AEA - Cedar Rapids
Renewal, Drake and Morningside (1) credit available
Register via GWAEA's website
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Handouts from today
  • Edmodo screenshot (pdf)
  • Daily/self-assessment template (pdf)
  • standards-based grading communication piece (pdf)
  • Sample quiz w/lykert scale (pdf)
  • Sample test (pdf)
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Commentary on standards-based grading:
Further reading:
  • Brookhart, S. M. (2008). How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Chappuis, J. (2005). Helping Students Understand Assessment. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 39-43.
  • Chappuis S. & Chappuis S. (2007).  The Best Value in Formative Assessment, Educational Leadership, 65(4), 14-19.
  • Christopher, S. (2007). Homework: A Few Practice Arrows. Educational Leadership, 65(4), 74-75.
  • Colby, S. A. (1999). Grading in a Standards-Based System. Educational Leadership, 56(6), 52-55.
  • Earl, L. M. (2003). Assessment as Learning: Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2007). Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for your Classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Guskey, T. R., & Bailey, J. M. (2001). Developing Grading and Reporting Systems for Student Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Jackson, R. (2009). Never Work Harder Than Your Students. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2006). Classroom Assessment & Grading that Work. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • McTighe, J., & O'Connor, K. (2005). Seven Practices for Effective Learning. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 10-17.
  • Scriffiny, P. (2008). Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading. Educational Leadership, 66(2), 70-74.
  • Winger, T. (2005). Grading to Communicate. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 61-65.