EARCOS Weekend Workshop

Common Assessment: From Start to Finish
with Jennifer Sparrow
October 17-18, 2014 (Taichung, Taiwan)
Friday: 8:00 to 5:00 P.M. 
Saturday: 8:30 to 4:30 P.M.
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Workshop Description: 
Understanding by Design. Developing and using rubrics. Balanced assessment systems. Using data results. Differentiation. Professional Learning Communities. These are all buzz words in education today for a good reason – each one has been shown to have a positive impact on learning. Unfortunately in practice they are often seen as “one more thing to do,” resulting in initiative fatigue. One approach that helps all of these areas develop is to integrate the implementation of these initiatives under one umbrella goal: Common Assessments.
As a result of this workshop, participants will deepen understanding of how to:
use Common Assessments to integrate unit planning, balanced assessment approaches, quality rubrics, using data results to inform instructional decisions, and professional learning communities;
develop quality assessment tasks and associated rubrics/scoring guides (or refine ones that already exist);
explore protocols for calibrating scoring of common assessments;
become familiar with a data-driven decision-making protocol that can be used to inform instructional decisions; and
support common assessments through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).