Below is information concerning the common assessment effort for the 2009-2010 school year.

Reasons for School Year Goal of Implementing Common Assessments
1. To facilitate professional discussions regarding learning goals.
2. To ensure that our students learn what the curriculum covers.
3. To identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in our teaching.
4. To focus on continual improvement.
5. Meet goals of North Central Association in developing and using internal data to drive instructional decisions.

Guiding Principles for composing Common Assessments
1. Begin with the written curriculum for each course. Together with all teachers who teach said course and identify the major points or themes of the course.
2. Taking these identified eight to ten main themes compose assessment items for each theme. The number of items needed will vary due to the nature of the course and the complexity of each item. In general religion / history / non applied sciences should compose a minimum of thirty items each. Applied fields that focus on problem solving etc have the freedom to create fewer assessment items.
3. Once completed and the normal rotation has begun departments will give the common assessments in unison. The assessment should be given within the first two weeks and then again at the end of the semester. Some departments may choose to give the assessment as part of the final or in another way at the end of the semester. Departments have the freedom to giving credit or no credit for the post assessment.

Format for Data Collection
For the initial implementation year scoring data will be new. There is not yet enough accumulated data to determine what a percentage score means in terms of learning on the part of students. Data should be collected and sorted by teacher for each item on the assessment. See linked sample from an English class. All teachers of said subject will create a similar form for their individual classes. The department head will then compile the data across the entire section of said classes. Teachers will then meet to reflect on the data.

Common Assessment Template for Reporting[[|4 teacher template with advanced formulas .xls ]]


Format for Data Reflection
To reflect on the data teachers will meet together to go over and identify areas of strength and weaknesses identified. A narrative summative document will be created which identifies goals and strategies for the coming academic year / semester.

Sample Department Head Report for Annual Use

The department head will annually compile the reflection documents and common assessment data submitting a report to the Assistant Principal for Academics. The AP for academics will keep records of common assessments from year to year.

Calendar for Implementation
*as subjects are identified it is noted that all three levels of certain courses are included. For the fall no pre assessments will be given unless already completed. Assessments will be given for the course for each semester. Year long courses will have an assessment for each semester. A wiki will be created for under common assessment for each department to store their results and measure growth.
Subject / Courses
Fall 2009 (post only) by October 1
Spring 2010 (pre and post) by January 10
Algebra s1
Geometry s1
Algebra II / Trig s1
Algebra I s2
Geometry s2
College Algebra
Alegra II / Trig s2
Physical Science s1
Biology s1
Chemistry s1
Physical Science s2
Biology s2
Chemistry s2
Introduction to Literature s1
American Literature s1
British Literature s1
World Literature s1
Introduction to Literature s2
American Literature s2
British Literature s2
World Literature s2
Old Testaments
Church History s1
Faith and Secularism
Morality and Happiness
New Testament
Church History s2
Faith and Secularism
Morality and Happiness
Social Studies
World History s1
U.S. History s1
American Government
World History s2
U.S. History s2
Foreign Language
French I s1
French II s1
Spanish I s1
Spanish II s1
Latin I s1
Latin II s1
German I s1
German II s1
French I s2
French II s2
Spanish I s2
Spanish II s2
Latin I s2
Latin II s2
German I s2
German II s2
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