As many of us face the challenges of preparing for the
Common Core State Standards, schools are searching for digitally advanced
technology solutions to play a central role in accelerating skill development,
assessing that progress in real-time, and delivering personalized instruction
to support student outcomes. These programs must not just deliver results, they
have to deliver results you can be confident will align to your school and
district’s mandated high-stakes tests and, of course, CCSS.
is a list of factors our district considered as we moved to our “assessment
without testing” methodology:
1. Got Culture?
Some educators want to hang on to traditional “paper and pencil” testing
methods. Help your staff understand the benefits that come with the ability to
assess student progress in real time.
support a robust environment of embedded assessment, be sure your district has
the correct hardware configuration.
Alignment or Out? Ask
yourself: “Is the embedded assessment solution we’re considering aligned to the
summative and formative assessments we currently use?”
vs. Retrospective. With
the right embedded assessment technology in play (we use Lexia Reading),the
program can help educators prescribe the right amount of instruction so that
students are continually progressing.
5. Teacher-Ready, Set, Go! Teachers need an action plan--one
that provides the roadmap for differentiated instruction that will increase a
student’s likelihood of reaching end-of-year benchmarks.
Byun-Kitayama is the instructional director for the Education Service Center
for East Los Angeles and former principal at the city’s Cahuenga Elementary
School. The district uses Lexia.