16 December 2011

Secondary Science Alternative Assessment Revision

K-12 Science Benchmarks were approved by the FCSD Board of Directors in June of 2011.  So, now what?  In order to ensure that the written (benchmarks) and the measured (assessments) are aligned and assist the delivery our enacted (instruction) curriculum, it is essential that the District alternate assessments be revised to align with the new written curriculum.  On December 13-14th, middle and high school science departments gathered to revise the alternate assessments, administered in district since 2001. Revision work consisted of item construction, benchmark alignment, prioritized content learning, and construction of a data analysis protocol that ensures student data generated will be used to inform future programming enhancements and daily instruction. Resources from the Iowa Core and National Council for Teachers of Science were utilized.

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