Finding the Balance
Learning and Assessing in KCS- Winter 2015
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Discovery Education Benchmark Assessments
Finding Meaning in Discovery Education Benchmark Results
We are in the process of completing the second Discovery Education benchmark assessments. The purpose of the DE benchmarks is to give us data about student mastery of the curriculum as a whole. These cumulative benchmarks allow us to gain insight about content that students may already grasp despite not having received instruction for that standard. This allows us to efficiently and proactively customize instruction. They give us an indicator of student growth which allows us to make data-driven decisions to target students or subgroups and allocate our resources appropriately. Standards based benchmark assessments, nor standards based formative assessments can provide this type of data.
As a result, we analyze cumulative benchmark assessments differently than we would analyze standards based benchmark assessments. We do not look at student "proficiency". Rather, we compare results from one benchmark to the next. We examine the results to determine the effectiveness of various programs and strategies throughout the district. Lastly, we now have multiple years of DE assessments so we will compare how our students perform from one year to the next.
Below are various analysis protocol documents that are used at the district, school and classroom level to analyze the Discovery Education Assessments.
Teacher Benchmark Analysis Guide
School Benchmark Analysis Guide
District Benchmark Analysis Guide