Sensible Assessment Practices 2020-21 and Beyond:
This webinar series, consisting of short, topic-specific focal areas, was developed to support district administrators and teachers in preparation for this school year 2020-21. Sessions complement the Sensible Assessment Practices document and embed key information contained in the guiding documents, Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together, and Plan for Reimagining Connecticut Classrooms for Continuous Learning. Topics designed for teachers include Start of the School Year, Building Community, Beginning with Units Designed for Success, the Instruction and Assessment Cycle, and Focusing on Sensible Assessment Practices.
An additional webinar in the series is designed for district administrators who are managing student data. Information on using the Early Indication Tool (EIT) and accessing and reviewing longitudinal, cross-domain student data will be coming soon!
This webinar describes a new EdSight Secure report that will provide teachers with historical student-level data and Early Indication Tool (EIT) support levels for their incoming students early in the fall of 2020-21. The webinar discusses the EIT, an EdSight Secure report provided to administrators to allow for timely student interventions with the ultimate goal of improving student engagement and outcomes, and offers a demonstration of how district data coordinators can use school roster information and the linked Batch Data Lookup Tool to generate custom reports for rosters of students.
This webinar discusses considerations for gathering qualitative and quantitative data prior to working with students in the fall of 2020-21 school year. Teachers must gather relevant student information from multiple sources to create a foundational understanding used to shape teaching and learning opportunities and build educational success for each student. Student-specific data, as referenced in this webinar, will include more than a test score. The goal is to integrate assessment and non-assessment data in order to prepare for this new year of learning, whether virtually or in person.
The most critical assessment that vertical and horizontal school teams can use is one centered on building community and supporting students’ social and emotional health. In this webinar, we will provide information on classroom community building and ideas to establish norms in the fall of the year, regardless of the learning platform. Planning should include multiple ways to engage with families to ensure consistent communication and make them partners in the learning process.
The school year should start with an introductory lesson that is accessible and meaningful, with grade-level skills embedded throughout. This webinar provides a model to support teachers creating introductory units; sharing considerations for inclusive practices that promote engagement, build community, and focus on students’ social and emotional well-being.
This webinar, the Instruction and Assessment Cycle, in the Sensible Assessment Practices series, shares strategies for teachers shifting to fully on-grade instruction. It describes the purpose, considerations, and applications for diagnostic, interim, and summative assessments, while emphasizing the value of formative assessment processes, differentiated instruction, and tiered instruction (Scientific Research Based Intervention) that should be embedded in the learning environment –both in person and through distance learning.