How Do You Know Your Students Are Learning? The Importance of Assessment Literacy for Teachers

This Friday, March 28, Ohio’s Spring Education Symposium 2014  will focus on educators’ understanding about how to design and select high-quality assessments for classroom use. If you’re learning about formative instructional practices, you already know how important assessment is to moving learning forward. Assessment events provide the evidence that let teachers and students know where they are in their learning.

The FIP Your School Ohio team will be presenting four sessions during the conference. Two of our sessions focus on one of the core components of FIP: collecting and documenting evidence of student learning. Accurate evidence of student learning is essential to meeting students’ learning needs. We can’t make good decisions about learning goals, pedagogy, or even content without accurate evidence of what students know and are able to do.

Our other two sessions will focus on assessment literacy for students. In Ohio we’ve been talking about the need for assessment literacy for educators, but what about our students? What happens when we challenge students to be assessment-literate? Teaching our students to understand assessment - its design, purposes and results - can help them take ownership of their learning.

I hope you will make time in your conference schedule to join us.

At-a-Glance Schedule

Building Student Ownership of Learning Through Assessment Literacy
8:30am – 10:00am; 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Sandra Sanderson – Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center; Judy Summers – Educational Service Center of Central Ohio; Kelli Wohlgamuth – Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center

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Participants will discuss the power of assessment literacy in building student ownership of learning. Teaching students to be assessment literate can provide them with the tools they need to plan for their learning, self-assess, and reflect. Students can be taught to set learning goals, track their progress, use rubrics and assessment blueprints to meet their goals, self-assess, and peer assess. Participants will explore ways to use formative instructional practices to improved student assessment literacy and build ownership of their learning. Resources available through FIP Your School to support teacher learning around student ownership of learning will be introduced.

Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Student Learning
10:15am – 11:15am; 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Pat Martell – Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County; Virginia Ressa – Ohio Department of Education; Mary Wolf – Montgomery County Educational Service Center; Kathy Sturges – Hamilton County Educational Service Center

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This session will focus on collecting and documenting accurate evidence of student learning, one of the four core components of formative instructional practice and a key aspect of sound assessment design. Participants will discuss formative assessment methods used to collect evidence of student progress toward learning objectives and how to apply these practices to Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Participants will also be introduced to resources available through FIP Your School to support teacher learning around sound assessment design.