The purpose of this multifaceted project is to support the articulated curriculum aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards. To propel the implementation of the writing curriculum and standards, all grades 1-8 English Language Arts teachers will administer an On Demand/End-of-Year Writing Assessment.
All academic assessments are used to gain accurate information about what students know and can do. The On Demand/End-of-Year Writing Assessment will support the calibration of scoring and standards. Calibration is used to ensure that a group of educators evaluates student work consistently and in alignment with the scoring rubric. This increases the reliability of the assessment data. When scoring is calibrated, a piece of student work receives the same score regardless of who scores it because all scorers interpret and apply the rubric in the same way.
Teachers of the next school year will conference with each student on their On Demand/End-of-Year sample of work (from the previous year) in September. We are well aware that students experience a wide range of writing abilities, this activity will serve as a baseline and solidify the skills that the student begins the next school grade with and offers the “new” teacher an opportunity to provide feedback. The process can promote positive attitudes about writing, increased motivation and deepen the student/teacher relationship.
Clare C. Arnold, Assistant Superintendent 1850 Providence Pike North Smithfield, RI 02896 (401) 769-5492