Mark your calendars for two progressive webinars on measuring student achievement and growth in non-tested grades and subjects for use in evaluation systems. SCEE will open these two webinars to all participants in the SCEE collaborative and to all CCSSO members.
Non-Tested Grades & Subjects
August 14, 2012 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT (includes a 30-minute Live Chat)
Jim Popham, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, is recognized for his knowledge and expertise about educational testing and the connection to effective classroom instruction. He will talk with participants about important considerations regarding their state and district approach including policy decisions around how to measure student achievement and link it to teacher and leader evaluation systems.
This webinar is geared towards state leaders who are involved in making decisions about educator evaluation and who are not steeped in or do not have deep content knowledge of student assessment. Jim will help to break down complex ideas in assessment and will help us to think about how our policy goals impact the choices we can make about measuring achievement and growth (and using those measures in an evaluation system).
Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
August 16, 2012 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT (no live chat)
Scott Marion and his organization Center for Assessment have worked in-depth with several states and districts on SLO's. He will describe what they've learned, share a template for developing SLO's, and discuss key decision points and questions states and districts should consider when building their frameworks for measuring student growth through student learning objectives.
This webinar will assume you have some prerequisite knowledge about SLO's, which participants can gain from participating in the August 14 webinar. Scott and Jim also have a somewhat different approach to thinking about the challenges, so the two combined should help states sort out big ideas and get direction for next steps.
As states and districts devise new teacher and leader evaluation systems, one recurring conundrum is how to evaluate those teachers outside of the standardized test (e.g. for Common Core states, this includes reading and/or math). The result is that states are now coming up with ways to evaluate teachers in non-tested grades and subjects that meet with the same level of validity and reliability as value-added and similar measures.
Please join us in this timely and informational discussion about a critical issue in the design and implementation of new evaluation systems.
Watch the SCEE blog for more information as these dates approach.