Feedback on Assessment Agreements

Last year, APS worked with a principal and a teacher task force to make recommendations on the assessments within the control of the district and not mandated by the PED. This year, the Principal and Teacher Accountability and Assessment Advisory Council, working with the staff of the Office of Accountability and Reporting, reached six essential agreements around assessment in grades K-12.

ATF is asking for your feedback on the following recommendations. APS will ask principals for the same. To submit your feedback, please email atf@atfunion.org by January 6th, 2017. Please be sure to include your employee ID number on your email. 

APS/ ATF Essential Agreements Around Assessment in Grades K-12

1.     Essential to a quality assessment system is capacity building to support teachers in designing and using authentic assessments and capacity building for principals around assessment literacy and the appropriate uses of assessment.

2.     In keeping with the goal of maximizing instructional time, the District will mandate only essential assessments over and above those mandated by statute or rule from PED.

3.     Those few district assessments must support instructional decision making for students, reporting to parents, and support program improvement efforts at the classroom, school and district levels.

4.     Any district-mandated assessments will be aligned to standards (not curricula or programs), will be clearly communicated to teachers and principals, and the reason for these assessments articulated not only to principals but directly to teachers who are affected.

5.     District mandated and district offered (optional) assessments will be jointly reviewed and selected by principal and teacher representatives and recommended to all members of these role groups for review and comment.

6.     The current format of state mandated assessments limits their usefulness; results may be used to establish broad trends of performance but are not appropriate for individual student planning. The Councils support limiting the use of these assessments at the district-level to these described uses.

Feedback on Assessment Agreements

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  • Francesca Blueher
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    I have made comments after selected items below:

    2. In keeping with the goal of maximizing instructional time, the District will mandate only essential assessments over and above those mandated by statute or rule from PED.
    What is the definition of “essential” assessment and who (district administration, teachers, principals) determines if an assessment is “essential”?
    3. Those few district assessments must support instructional decision making for students, reporting to parents, and support program improvement efforts at the classroom, school and district levels.
    How many is “few”? Will we be asking for evidence from the District and/or publishing/testing companies on how the assessments are supporting students, parents, and teachers BEFORE they are mandated? If there is not enough evidence that they support students, parents, and teachers, do we have the option declining the use of the assessment?
    5. District mandated and district offered (optional) assessments will be jointly reviewed and selected by principal and teacher representatives and recommended to all members of these role groups for review and comment.
    Again, after the review and comment of the district mandated assessments, what if the consensus of teachers/principals is that the assessments do NOT support students? Will we have the option of reversing the mandate?

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