Learning Assessments Key in Common Core Implementation

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Education consultant Jaqueline Loiacono gives free School Improvement network webinar to outline how to use classroom assessments to help students and teachers master common core standards.

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Comparing educators to crime-scene detectives looking for evidence, Loiacono said assessments are a powerful tool in finding out what students understand and where they need help.

Hundreds of teachers are receiving training on how to teach the new Common Core State Standards, but few people are talking about how to make sure students understand them.

In a webinar series by School Improvement Network, education expert and consultant Jacqueline Loiacono discussed using classroom assessments to discover student understanding of the Common Core Standards.

Comparing educators to crime-scene detectives looking for evidence, Loiacono said assessments are a powerful tool in finding out what students understand and where they need help.

To measure accurately, Loiacono outlined two different types of assessments – formative and summative – and compared them to a doctor’s check-up that needs to be done regularly, and an autopsy that shows the end product. Loiacono advocated both types of assessment, but argued that formative assessment is less popular, yet very important.

“When we look at the purpose [of the assessment]…it’s really about promoting achievement,” she said. “It’s [about] ongoing student growth…The research talks about how formative is the one that is less likely to be used within the classroom, yet we know that it’s so powerful in getting students to the places that we want them to be on the summative.”

During the webinar hosted by School Improvement Network, Loiacono went into detail on the differences between formative and summative assessments, how to implement them in the Common Core Standards and how teachers should use them to respond to student needs and shape their curriculum.

“It really creates a blueprint for instruction,” Loiacono said. “It’s like building a house. If we don’t have the plans about what that house structure is going to look like, how do we even know what to pull as far as tools and activities?” Assessments should give an idea of where students are to help in instruction planning, she said.

Loiacono’s webinar was part three of a four-part series by School Improvement Network entitled “Common Core Learning Targets.” Click here to listen the webinar recording or download the presentation and handouts.

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Teacher Effectiveness System (TES). TES outlines a step-by-step process to improve teacher practice, and arms educators with a set of powerful tools that can be used to complete each step. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Teacher Effectiveness System produce better teachers, and as a result experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30% in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

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