Standard 10

STANDARD 10 

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessments and have opportunities to develop self-assessment and self-monitoring skills. 

INITIATIVES/ACTIONS: 
- Implementing a strategy to teach students to provide peer feedback to one another
- Providing training to help teachers create and utilize rubrics
- Teach students to use rubrics to evaluate their work




What Does It Look Like?

Assessment is an area in which we have made progress in the past five years.  During the process of our STEM activities and lessons, students discuss strengths and weaknesses of their solutions.  In our program we focus on the discussion surrounding our solutions and the testing of these solutions. This discussion is focused on analyzing and evaluating the success and the areas for improvement.  We encourage students to share feedback on their own solutions as well as those of their peers.  Students are given the opportunity to assess themselves using rubrics designed around STEM projects.  Students are also taught strategies in which they self-assess and provide feedback to others.  A strategy that the engineering teacher has taught students to use when providing feedback is TAG. TAG is an acronym for “Tell something you like”, “Ask a question”, and “Give a suggestion of improvement.” Using this strategy when critiquing builds allows the students to provide feedback to one another in an effective manner. This feedback is then used to enhance their plans for improvement.


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Assessment Rubrics

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Rubrics  Rubrics

Strengths

There are strategies in place such as rubrics to help students as well as teachers assess student work.  The TAG feedback strategy has been utilized in the engineering classes and it has begun to spread to other classes.

Sustainability

As new teachers join our staff, we need to ensure that they are provided with rubrics and strategies that we have used to ensure that we are consistent throughout the building. Utilize TAG as a school-wide strategy for feedback.

Challenges

There has been a great deal of staff turnover through the years. It is difficult to ensure that we provide more advanced professional development since we must provide initial professional development for so many. 

Continuous Improvement

We need to develop a way to track STEM training so that we can meet each individual teacher needs.  Surveys could be used to identify areas of need to ensure that appropriate training is provided for rubrics and STEM strategies.