SMARTER BALANCED READY: Big Idea #2
Teachers Use Interim Assessment Data to Improve Instruction
Teachers select Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that are aligned to grade-level curriculum units to determine their students’ progress. The following examples demonstrate how these IABs help improve teaching.
In 2016–17, the district is continuing to expand training with face-to-face sessions and narrated PowerPoint presentations to reach as many teachers as possible. See more information in the CAASPP in Action report on the California Department of Education website. The district moved forward in 2016 to upload teachers into the Online Assessment Reporting System (OARS) for hands-on access to data as soon as it was available in April. District staff taught teachers how to read the data and supported teachers who engaged colleagues in in-depth data discussions with tools and templates (ZIP) using Smarter Balanced claim-level data. In 2017 they will also use target-level data. The outcome of these data conversations has led the majority of the sites to build 2016–17 testing schedules for ELA Grades 3–5 and Math Grades 6–8 to complete testing and return the results in June for articulation and summer planning.