FAPS Assessment Staff Update
Office of Teaching and Learning
Dear FAPS Teachers and Staff,
First, assessment can be many, many things in education and it can be as big and/or as small as any one teacher or district make it. Assessment (which isn't just tests) is and always will be a part of K-12 education. We should constantly be formatively assessing and using data/feedback to determine results FOR LEARNING both for you the teacher/staff person and the students (see formative assessment article from ALN below). At the same time, we should be using summative assessments to determine OF WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED to help determine programming and curricular direction.
Please know if I could choose how you spend any of your days with your students it would not be them taking a state or standardized assessment. However, some of the assessments we take it's not the district's choice or will not be the district's choice on administering those required/mandated assessments. In the future, we as a district will be developing our district assessment system that will include both required/mandated assessments and assessments we as a district choose to administer aligned with purpose and intention for our needs and strategic vision: a balanced assessment system (see ALN Learning Point Article Below) that values both formative and summative assessments. More to come on that, I will be asking for some of you to play a part in the development of a FAPS Assessment System. Being a part of the solution making is a constructive way to bring about change.
Lastly, because I realize no one went into education to administer state mandated or standardized tests I want to say thank you in advance. Thank you for: preparing our students so they know what the testing questions look like (i.e drag and drop, highlighting, etc...), remaining positive and a cheerleader for your students during testing, having confidence in your students that they can persevere even through long testing times and lastly realizing that although we don't have a choice in administering MSTEP, MI-ACCESS, PSAT and SAT we can help our district achieve scores that portray the awesome things we have going on with you helping us do all of the things previously mentioned.
I am hoping some of the items provided in this Smore will help prepare you and in turn prepare our students for success. I have included articles, files, screenshots (if files were too large) and if you have questions please feel free to email me.
Thanks again for all you do!