SMARTER BALANCED READY: Big Idea #5
Sustainable Teams Continuously Improve
The Comprehensive Assessment Committee has representatives including curriculum coordinators; program directors; special education administrators; school administrators from elementary, middle school, and high school levels; representative teachers from each grade span; and union representatives. Their job is to keep their stakeholders informed about the assessment system and to get feedback to inform improvements in the assessment planning.
Next year they plan more use of interim assessments to support data discussions at monthly collaboration meetings. Once they appreciate the validity of the interim assessments to measure the learning of a cluster of standards, teachers are more likely to buy in to the continued use of interim assessments. District and school staffs have found that emphasizing the benefits of using interim assessments to get valid data to make decisions about instruction has been a successful message.