Getting What You Ask For: Creating Effective Assessment Tools for Projects, Personnel, and Program

It’s tough for students, teachers or administrators to give us what we’d like unless we can describe the end result and measure it’s quality. This session will give an overview of the difference between evaluation and assessment, look at some authentic assessment tools used for a variety of purposes, and give the participant the chance to practice building checklists and rubrics. A bibliography of exemplary assessment sites is included.

Handouts: assessment.pdf

Examining Student Work: Student Newletters.pdf
Examining Student Work: GoogleDoc

History lesson checklist

Bibliography and resources:
Johnson, CODE 77 Rubrics Beginning, Internet, Advanced (Rubrics for Restructuring), Administrative
Johnson, Freshman Tech Skill Assessment, FreshmanITskills.pdf
Johnson, Getting What You Ask For
Johnson, 13-Point Checklist for School Administrators
Johnson, Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 1 and Demonstrating Our Impact - Putting Numbers in Context Part 2 (assessing library programs)

Andrade, Heidi. “Using Rubrics to Promote Thinking and Learning.” Educational Leadership, February 2000.
Cohen, FIrst Grade Takes a Test.
Kathy Schrock’s Assessment Page: http://www.schrockguide.net/assessment-and-rubrics.html
Mankato Area Public Schools Elementary Media ELOs and Assessments
Minnesota Educational Media Organization. Standards for Minnesota School Library Programs.
NWREL Assessement Toolkit.<http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/toolkit98.php >
RubiStar rubric generator: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
Simkins, Michael. “Designing Great Rubrics.” Technology & Learning, August 1999.

Testing Vs. Assessing
Testing
Assessing
Sorts
Final
Normed
Non-applied
High stakes
Unexpected material
Teacher directed
One right answer
Neat
Whole group
Improves
Growth
Performance
Applied
Low stakes
Known expectations
Completed by students, parents, others as well as teacher
Multiple solutions
Messy
Individual