Assessing in a New Year: Part 2

As we are rounding up the first round of assessments, I wanted to comment on how things are going. My last post was about the new assessments we are using this year. We are seeing incredible results with our students. These assessments are falling on the third lesson in the cycle. The first lesson introduced the assessment material to the students and allowed us to give them some initial feedback before their practice. The second lesson was a continual review of the assessment material with us giving students more feedback on their progress. We use the same rubrics in our lessons as we do our assessments. For our advanced students, we were also looking at All-State or Honor Band audition material. Most importantly, our students who struggled in lessons last year are performing extremely well on these assessments. Continue reading

Assessing in a New Year

Sorry for the long delay between posts. Getting married, moving, and beginning a new school year provides a bit of a distraction from blogging!

Over the summer and leading into this school year, we met as a Vertical PLC to discuss how we can begin better assessing our Power Standards. We ran into a few snafus as we began implementing them this Fall. Our school district reports grades every six weeks via Infinite Campus. We have been adapting our assessing and reporting to this system while integrating SmartMusic into the mix. We feel like we are finally stumbling in the right direction! Continue reading