Evaluation Conversation Worksheet: Phase 1 SLO Approval

Is THIS a Quality Assessment?

Tough question. It is essential that we give kids great assessments.  I have often talked about “junk in, junk out.”  Spend hours analyzing data that comes from a “junk” assessment, you will not have the good information that can help you teach differently tomorrow, or help individual students grow and succeed.


The importance of quality assessment tools is not a question as much as: HOW do we make sure we are using quality assessments?

Checklists for both Typical classroom, and common assessments, performance assessments and even a tool to serve as a graphic organizer for planning an assessment can be dowloaded by clicking the links below.


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Writing Great Rubrics

Rubrics are wonderful tools for defining quality for a process, product of behavior. They are powerful tools for both teaching and learning as they help communicate what it takes to succeed.

Elementary Reading Performance Rubric

This rubric is intended for a 1:1 performance assessment. It was designed by special education teachers working with students at multiple ability levels. The design is to give an “end of year complexity” passage to the students at the beginning of the year and then work through 10 different questions targeting specific skill types from vocabulary to inferencing. The assessment then would be repeated at multiple points to gather growth data with the reading passages remaining at the end of year complexity. The reliability of the assessment lies in the consistency in which prompts and assistance is given to the student as well as the way the points are awarded. This rubric should get your creative juices flowing if this is appropriate for your students!

Download Elementary Reading Performance Rubric Here

Quality Assessment Checklist

We can agree:  quality is the cornerstone.

A quality assessment checklist is a helpful tool for teachers or administrators making sure the assessments used with students are the very best.


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Understanding Assesment Validity

Teachers give up instructional TIME to give the assessment, panning TIME to grade the assessment and preparation TIME to analyze the results.  If the tool does not give back information that will help instruct students immediately, it isn’t a good use of our precious TIME!

Lets resolve to use quality assessments. This checklist is a great tool for teacher teams and educator evaluator conferences to discuss the quality of an assessment tool.


Other Assessment checklists of interest:

KATC Growth Assessment Review Tool

Achieve New Jersey Checklist


No-Stakes Implementations

If your district has time to implement a No-Stakes student growth trial period, it will allow you the opportunity to practice writing growth goals, collect historical data on assessment tools and test out “what works best” in your district or classrooms.  Here are some sample timelines, guidelines and even simple SLO skeleton tools that might get your team thinking about what will work best for you.

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Lexile Levels

Don’t miss the updated text lexile levels with the Common Core Standards.

SLO Approaches

Districts facing choices in how to use an SLO or other framework have found themselves in a range of approaches.  This diagram is very helpful in the thinking process and may help you identify the type of goals that are best for your school or district.

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Assessment Blueprint Tool

An architect and contractor wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint.  As educators, we should build our assessments intentionally using a clear blueprint of what we want the assessment product to look like.  This involves making choices about the content of the assessment, the form of the questions and the number of questions aligned to that content, and the level of cognitive demand of each of those questions.   This blueprint development tool will be very helpful for teams starting the process.

Step One:  Identify what essential skills & knowledge you will assess (column one).

Step Two:  Select the form(s) for your assessment. 

1) Selected Response Assessments:  Ask students to select the correct answer from a provided set of answers.

2)  Constructed Response Assessments:  Ask students to construct their own answer to a question.

3)  Performance Assessments:  Ask students to demonstrate understanding by performing or creating a product.

Step Three:  Determine the number of items at each level of cognitive demand

 1) Basic-Readily Assessable questions that ask the student to remember something or simply understand.  This includes memorization and automaticity of math facts as well as questions that ask “right there” questions from the text.

2) Standard-Moderately Complex questions that ask students to apply, compare and contrast or analyze.  This includes application story problems as well as students comparing more than one character, author or text.

3) Expanded-These questions are very complex and ask students to evaluate and create.  They are often associated with free response items but clever test writing can also put evaluate questions in multiple choice formats.

Ready to start?

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