One of our goals is to improve our formative and summative assessment practices with students. Finding more powerful ways to communicate student learning has become a focus. At our October staff meeting, we identified three areas in which to grow our assessment practices.
- Continuing to use learning targets to help students identify tangible goals that they can understand and work toward
- The use of models, critique, and descriptive feedback as critical components of student-engaged assessment to help students achieve high quality learning experiences
- To gather authentic evidence of learning with which to share with students and families
Our staff also identified the tree as a schoolwide metaphor for providing formative and summative assessment opportunities. One of our teacher, Sarah McNaueal, created beautiful pieces of artwork to support this metaphor. These pictorial descriptors will be found on rubrics, FreshGrade posts, as well as our term learning growth summaries which will be sent home in place of a traditional report card.