Glendale, California

Educators in Glendale, CA Integrate Learning and Assessment for Student Success

The Glendale Unified School District is using formative assessments as interim measures so teachers have the information they need to make sure students have the required knowledge before the end of the year. Support from the district-level allows teachers to dig deep into the interim results and use the data to shape instruction. Glendale educators are finding the interims to be so effective, they plan to use the tool more often next year.

Glendale Unified School District

Location: Glendale, California

School: Herbert Hoover High School and John Muir Elementary

Mission: The Glendale Unified School District provides a high quality education that addresses the unique potential of each student in a safe, engaging environment.

Interview Date: May 2019

“The data and the assessments have provided a cohesiveness in every grade level and my teachers are excited to look for opportunities to implement the assessments more often.”Juanita Shahijanian, Principal, John Muir Elementary

Spotlight on Strategy

How are educators in the Glendale Unified School District using Smarter Balanced formative assessment tools to really understand how to help their students?

  • Interim assessments empower educators with the information they need to monitor student progress and learning in real-time throughout the school year.
  • Interim assessment data helps educators know what to focus on or re-teach so that all content is integrated
  • Educators inform their instruction with information on the depth of knowledge, standards, and levels of difficulty. Identifying patterns help them understand if there is a particular topic with which students are struggling.
  • An Assessment & Accountability Coordinator helps educators make the best use of the data at their fingertips.

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