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February 6, 2014

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING - Formative Assessments

Formative assessments are an amazing way to monitor the progression of student learning! These assessments inform us of the kind of student learning that is taking place. Robert Marzano states the higher the frequency of formative assessments, the higher the the gain in student achievement. For example, in a classroom with a 15 week unit, students who were given 1 formative assessment showed an achievement gain of 13%, whereas students who were given 15 formative assessments showed a 25% achievement gain.


What is a formative assessment? A formative assessment can be a lot of things and it can look a lot of different ways. There's flexibility in what it can look like because what makes it a formative is how you use the information. A formative assessment is an assessment for the learning - and it includes feedback and opportunity for students to improve their learning. Whereas a summative assessment is an assessment of the learning - and is an opportunity for students to show what they have learned.


NP3 teachers have made huge changes and strides to their formative measures over the last few years. Staff have been integrating formatives into their lessons more often, as well as taking the step to create common formative assessments with their partners! This is hard work - hats off to you! Some examples of what staff are using for formative assessments: clipboards with student rosters to monitor student learning progression, exit slips with a specific focus, a rating system with the addition of feedback, and white boards. Way to go NP3 - with your tireless efforts in making learning more accessible for every student!

Formative Assessments at NP3!

How does this teacher use a clipboard to know the progression of learning in her class?

NP3 Announcements Mateys!

For Teachers Only:


· NP3 Website! Don't forget to keep your website up to date with class and advisory information, announcements. A suggestion: when sending out emails to parents, also include a link directly to your site for parent ease!

· Teacher Duty! Duty allows for adult presence on campus and fosters appropriate student choices! Your presence matters! :) English Teachers = before school Math Teachers = before 2nd period Social Studies Teachers = before 3rd period Science and PE Teachers = before 4th period All Teachers = before Advisory

· AIC! AICs are schedule Wed 2/12/14. Notices should be out already :)

· ATS testing! All sign-up forms need to get back to Taniia to reserve a spot. Please email me any parent questions as well. The testing date has been changed to Monday Feb 10th.

· Feb 7th! Is a 1/2 day to accommodate HS end of quarter!

· Feb 13th! No PD!

· Feb 14 & 17! No school! 4-Day weekend!

· Box Tops! Are back! Winning advisory will get an ice-cream party! They are due to Giao Feb 26th.

· Shadow Days! 8th graders will be shadowing 9th grade the week next week! Don't forget to get your signed slips from your advisory kiddos! The goals is to have all kids shadow. Any help in the morning would be appreciated!

· 6th celebration! The next 6th grade celebration is Friday 2/21.

· Coming Soon! Info on Science Fair and remember.... WASC is coming at the end of the month!


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· Multicultural Dress-Up Day! On Feb 12th Student Leadership would like students to dress up to represent their culture

· Feb 14 & 17! No school! 4-Day weekend!

· Box Tops! Are back! Winning advisory will get an ice-cream party! They are due to Giao Feb 26th.

· Valentine's Day Grams! Student Govt is selling grams 2/3-2/7. Grams will be passed out on 2/13.

· ATS testing! All sign-up forms need to get back to Taniia to reserve a spot. Please email me any parent questions as well. The testing date has been changed to Monday Feb 10th.

· Shadow Days! 8th graders will be shadowing 9th grade the week of Feb 10th, don't forget to get your signed form to your advisory teacher!

· DC/NYC! Final meeting for this year's 8th graders will be Feb 12th at 6pm in the gym.

· Pennies for Patients-Starts Feb 18th!

· Jellybean fundraiser! Put on by student govt Feb 18-21.