This is a Steering Committee composed entirely of District employees. Their meetings are not public.
The committee delivered this recommendations report in June, 2016.
Among the recommendations are
- For the District to give school a lot more support around the state proficiency tests
- To use the Smarter Balanced interim assessment this year and look for another interim assessment to use next year
- For the District to provide training on the use of interim assessments
- To replace the MAP as part of Advanced Learning eligibility and for primary students
- To purchase Pulse Learn K-2 as a formative assessment for K-2 students
- For the District to provide professional development with the new assessments
- For the District to provide guidance around use of test data
- For the District to clarify the meaning and consequences when students refuse to test
In all cases, the committee is very clear that the purpose and use of each assessment should be made very clear and that assessments not be mis-used.
I note that there is nothing in this set of recommendations that speaks directly to MTSS, the instructional practice that the District wants to implement which requires frequent assessments.
Also worth noting is this statement from the Steering Committee:
The district should provide clear communication on the purpose of all required and optional assessments, and how these data and assessments can best be utilized to support instructional and programmatic decision-making. This includes the use of student data by outside organizations. This committee recommends a focus on deepening assessment literacy throughout our system.