ASSESSMENT IN MATH
AND SCIENCE: WHAT'S THE POINT?
Length: 8 episodes @ 90 minutes
Record Rights: 1 year
Web Site: http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/assessment/
Join K-12 teachers
from across the country in this eight-part series of interactive workshops
on math and science assessment. Using Annenberg/CPB video clips, participants
examine current assessment issues and explore strategies for assessment
reform in their classrooms. Teachers can hear the comments of peers in
telephone call-in segments, and contribute their own questions and experiences
via the Internet. Graduate credit available.
Workshop 1. Will This
Be on the Test?: Knowing vs. Understanding
is more than simply knowing. This workshop sets the stage for the entire
series by examining what it means to understand, and explores how teachers
can design a set of performance tasks to fairly and accurately assess the
levels of understanding that their students have or have not achieved. Content
Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.
Workshop 2. What'd
I Get?: Scoring Tools
performance tasks give teachers the information necessary to evaluate
the depth of students' understanding but how can teachers determine
quality work? This workshop demonstrates how teachers can construct
assessment tools for benchmarks of student understanding. The role of
students in the construction of scoring tools and the process of assessment
will be a primary focus. Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.
Workshop 3. Is
This Going To Count?: Embedded Assessment
does not compete for valuable teaching time; it is teaching time.
This workshop shows how embedding assessment into everyday curriculum
turns performance tasks into learning activities. Well-designed assessment
allows teachers to shape subsequent instruction according to what their
students have and have not understood. Content Guide: Monica Neagoy.
Workshop 4. I Didn't
Know This Was an English Class!: Connections Across the Disciplines
of students' depth of understanding is the connections they can make across
disciplines. This workshop explores how teachers can encourage these connections
by designing performance tasks that build on other disciplines. Content
Guide: Monica Neagoy.
Workshop 5. You
WILL Be Tested on This!: Standardized Testing
are under pressure to get their students to perform well on state and
national tests. Sometimes, however, it seems that too much attention is
paid to these tests. This workshop considers how teachers can use standardized
tests to focus their teaching on improved student performance in the classroom
as well as on these external measures of success. Content Guide: K. Michael
Workshop 6. That
Would Never Work Here!: Seeing Assessment Reform in Action, Part I
assessment reform actually look like? This workshop follows the stories
of Barbara, a math teacher in Whittier, California, and Scott, a science
teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, as they share how they are incorporating
assessment into their teaching. Emphasis will be placed on the colleague
support structure teachers sharing ideas with and getting help
from other teachers. Content Guides: Mary Hibert Neuman and Jude Pelchat.
Workshop 7. That
Would Never Work Here, Either!: Seeing Assessment Reform in Action, Part
students in assessment is often the key to engaging them in learning.
This workshop will continue to follow Barbara and Scott as they use assessment
to encourage their students to improve their performance. Providing opportunities
for students to assess their own work and that of their peers will be
the focus of this workshop. Content Guides: Mary Hibert Neuman and Jude
Workshop 8. When
I Was in School...: Implementing Assessment Reform
old ways is not easy. Communication is the first step toward encouraging
support for new assessment strategies. This workshop will focus on the
importance of collaboration among teachers, administrators, and especially
parents, when implementing assessment reform in a school or district.
Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.