Blended Assessments for ELA: STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx

 
 
 
STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
 
Assessment & Data

Blended Assessments for ELA

Our students take several online assessments which gives us more data on each student's reading development, their gaps in reading, and their strengths. These online assessments help give a more holistic approach to a child's reading development since we are using multiple assessments. Included are the assessments in iReady, the STAR Enterprise, and My On.

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Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Rotation Enables Small Group Lessons

At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model where some students engage with interactive software, enabling small group lessons for others. Our students have 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. Our rotational model is currently evolving to use more programs and create more rotations. The goal is to increase the opportunities for small group instruction where we can better meet individual needs.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 60 minutes--two 30  minute rotations (Math Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: DreamBox

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency


 
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Observation Chart

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Digital Content Data Chat

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