This report recommends several strategies for implementing balanced assessment, including using varied forms of assessment with continuous monitoring, feedback, and adjustment. Research also supports creating a District Assessment Framework and an annual Assessment Calendar. Fostering Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Professional Development opportunities also help support teachers and student learning and aid in implementing new assessment policies.
Concurrent Validity Study
A statistical analysis was performed using the School District’s Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) and Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) test data in reading. Graphic results illustrate student performance in grades 3-5 for the 2013-2014 school year. Tables and figures demonstrate disaggregated comparison information.
Summer School Program Evaluation 2014
A statistical analysis was performed using pre- and posttest data for one district’s Reading and Math summer school program. Graphic results illustrate performance changes in kindergarten through fifth grade students. Data from 2013 is compared to data from 2014, and recommendations for further research are made.
Evaluation of Full-Day Kindergarten Model
An analysis of the extensive kindergarten booklet data was examined to identify the effects of full-day kindergarten beyond DIBELS. Kindergarten data from beginning, mid-year, and Spring testing was compiled and student achievement data from each assessment was analyzed.
Quality Materials Checklist
This report provides links to several already created checklists for reviewing core and supplemental materials in light of the requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). One in particular, the Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET) checklist, was shortened and adapted for the school district.
Summer School Program Evaluation 2015
A statistical analysis of pre- and posttest student data from a one district’s summer school program were analyzed. Data from Reading and Math assessments were compared by student, grade, and across grade levels and graphic representations were provided.
This report analyzed the effects of mobility on a Pacific Northwest school districts’ students’ (grades 3, 5, 8, and 11) reading and math assessment scores. Data was disaggregated by ethnicity, gender, special education status, and economic disadvantage. The study also measured the same effects in regards to student graduation status.
Student Mobility Revisited
A follow-up study to the Student Mobility report, this longitudinal study further examines student mobility within a Pacific Northwest school district by analyzing student mobility data, connecting the findings with literature surrounding student mobility, then provides recommendations to support and prevent student mobility.
Correlation of STAR Math and SBAC
The report measures the correlation between STAR Math and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Students’ (grades 3-5) fall STAR Math assessment scores and spring SBAC scores were analyzed. Data was disaggregated by grade, gender, and ethnicity to provide further interpretation into the results.
Analysis of Attendance, Demographics, and Achievement
This report examines the relationship between attendance and academic achievement at the elementary school level (Grades Kindergarten through Third). Three years’ worth of attendance data, student demographic data, and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) data were analyzed from a Pacific Northwest school district.
The Predictive Ability of the iReady Diagnostic Math Assessment
This report analyzes the predictive ability of a math diagnostic measure with students’ performance on Smarter Balance Assessment.