Assessment Strategies: Back Office Business
Texas elementary school goes from Academically
Acceptable to Exemplary in two years
Challenge: At the end of 2005-06, United D.D. Hacher Elementary
School was charged with helping more of the fifth grade—made up
of mostly English Language Learners—pass the high-stakes Texas
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
Solution: Fifth-grade teacher Miguel Chavez used Study Island, a
program that offers web-based instruction, practice, assessment, and
reporting aligned with Texas’ state skills. At the end of the first year of
using Study Island, the fifth grade passing scores in math went from 69
percent to 98 percent; in science, the passing rate went from 42 percent
to 87 percent; and in reading, it went from 66 percent to 83 percent.
Hawaii selects assessment tools aligned to Common Core
Challenge: As part of its Race to the Top initiative, the
Hawaii Department of Education needed to provide
assessment tools for the state’s English language arts
and mathematics departments.
Solution: Hawaii’s DOE chose Riverside’s Assess2Know Benchmark item bank (part of Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt), which is aligned to the Common Core. The item bank lets teaches create their own
assessments via an online test generator.
Mobile Technology to be
used for state testing
Challenge: Exeter R-VI School District in
Missouri wanted to individualize instruction
to help students master the standards to
perform better on state tests.
Solution: The district purchased
Brainchild’s AYP package, which includes 50
Kineo tablets and software aligned with state
standards. For each standard, students will
take a pretest to establish a baseline score,
watch videos, and work through problems until
they perform well on post-tests.
New York State selects new
tool to measure student growth
Challenge: In order to require more data-driven
assessments in schools, New York State recently
passed a law requiring student growth to be a factor
in teacher and principal evaluations.
Solution: The New York State Education
Department approved Curriculum Associates’
i-Ready Diagnostic as an approved student
assessment tool for K-8 English language arts
and math. The online program offers adaptive,
personalized, data-driven instruction and is aligned
to Common Core State Standards.
Los Angeles Schools collaboration forms partnership to boost student achievement
Challenge: The Partnership for Los Angeles
Schools (a collaborative that includes the City of
LA and the LA USD) sought a program that would
allow teachers at 16 of its middle and high schools
to support differentiated learning needs, improve
student outcomes in math and English language
arts, and bridge the digital divide.
Solution: The Partnership chose Revolution
K12, a web-based adaptive math software program.
One of the first Partnership schools to pilot the
programs has already shown positive results: an
additional 15 percent of its 10th-grade students
passed both the math and English language arts
sections of the CAHSEE, and overall passing rates
increased from 45% to 60%.