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Criteria

Be Sure You Are Measuring the Right Things

  • Assessing What Really Matters Video

    Teachers look past what is easily observable in a student product, and focus instead on teaching and assessing the enduring skills within the outcomes.

  • What’s Wrong with this Picture PDF, PPT

    This professional learning module uses some obvious non-examples to highlight the need to create accurate assessment items and tasks.

  • Creating Credible Criteria Modules 2, 3 & 4
    PDF, WORD, PPT

    These professional learning modules provide models and step-by-step techniques for creating criteria that accurately reflect the intent of the learner outcomes.

Help Students Understand the Learning Target

Learn More about Criteria from AAC Publications

Differentiated Assessment

Choice in assessment? But is it fair?

Timing Really is Everything

Down to the Details: Planning for Differentiated Instruction

  • Differentiated Instruction Word, PPT

    This professional learning module contains examples and templates to support teachers in planning for differentiated assessment.

Learn More about Differentiated Assessment from AAC Publications

Formative Assessment

Feedback, feedback, feedback – for Students and Teachers

Should Formative Assessment be Planned or Spontaneous? Yes!

  • Planning for Day-to-day Assessment Video

    Planning questions in advance is an efficient way to gather assessment evidence in order to help students when – and where they need help the most.

  • Engaging Students in their Learning Video

    Mini-whiteboards provide a risk-free learning environment for students. Mistakes can be eliminated with the swipe of a tissue, and a clean slate is instantly available for fresh thinking.

  • Just-in-time Feedback Video

    Timely feedback takes some of the drudgery out of the writing process for students, eliminating the need for multiple re-writes.

  • Scaffolding: Building a Temporary Structure to Support Learning

    • Scaffolding Tools – Classroom Samples to Help   Students Unpack Key Skills

      What does it mean to analyze? support a position? evaluate a procedure? Check out some tools that teachers have developed to help students unpack key skills within a variety of curricular contexts and grade levels.

    • Scaffolding Templates Word

      Use these templates to design your own tools to support feedback processes – teacher feedback, peer feedback and student self-reflection.

    • Scaffolding for Student Success (Modules 3 & 4)

      These professional learning modules provide an overview of the AAC publication, Scaffolding for Student Success, and provide a step-by-step process for creating scaffolding tools to support student learning in your classroom.

Learn More about Formative Assessment from AAC Publications

Rubrics

Using Rubrics Effectively

Build Better Rubrics by Avoiding Some Common Flaws

  • Building Better Rubrics Modules 2 & 3 PDF, WORD, PPT

    These professional learning modules provide an overview of the AAC publication, Building Better Rubrics, and provide a step-by-step process for creating quality rubrics while avoiding some common rubric flaws.

Construct Your Own Rubrics Using AAC Samples and Tools

  • AAC Rubric Templates

    Create your own rubrics using the AAC rubric template.

  • Learn More about Rubrics from AAC Publications

    Summative Assessment

    Summative Assessment – Still Focused on the Outcomes

    • Assessing What Really Matters Video

      Teachers look past what is easily observable in a student product, and focus instead on teaching and assessing the enduring skills within the outcomes.

    • Determining the Big Ideas Video

      With limited time and an overflowing program of studies, teachers need to collaborate to ensure instruction and assessment remain focused on the big ideas.

    • Alignment to Curriculum Outcomes Video

      Non-achievement factors need to be treated separately from academic performance.

    Differentiation – Even within Summative Assessment!

    Rethinking Commonly Held Beliefs

    Learn More about Summative Assessment from AAC Publications

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