My Personal Vision

The ThinkLink Blog will enable Discovery Education assessment users to get up to date changes quickly. Users will be given instructions and links to effectively use this tool.



Instant feedback will be given to me on the needs for pd or concerns educators have with the use of this tool.



No longer will I need to wait for ThinkLink school coordinators or principals to check their emails to give information to teachers. Every user in the district will be able to get the details themselves.



Questions:



1. What is your personal vision for how Google’s web-based tools can help improve collaboration and communication within your particular school community? Google’s web-based tools can help me communicate and collaborate with stakeholders better. I can keep site coordinators informed of updates. Any communications from the district or the company(Discovery Education) can be made available to all stakeholders.



2. Which Google applications are you most likely to implement, and why? I plan to use google calendar and google docs and many of the apps from the blog.



3. What lessons have you learned from reviewing how other administrators and schools are using Google Calendar, Docs, and Blogger? From reviewing how other administrators and schools are using Google calendar, Docs, and Blogger I have learned how outdated my methods of contact with schools and stakeholders happen to be. I have learned more effective means of communication to improve instruction and to assist parents and teachers help the students we are responsible for educating.



4. How does your vision align with the “Visionary Leadership” standard as put forth in ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators? My vision aligns with the “Visionary Leadership” Technology Standards for Administrators by using technology to improve instruction and student learning. Students and teachers will be introduced to ways of using technology to assist with advanced learning as well as remediation and intervention.

My Action Plan

This blog is to keep Discovery Education Assessment (ThinkLink) users updated.

The action plan for this blog is as follows:

1. To pay close attention to updates from the company and

make them available to all users including parents.

2. Make sure schools cleanup their STI data before submission

to the company (Discovery Education) is sent.

3. Make sure schools submit the student updates monthly.

4. Post dates for student updates.

5. Post dates for DEA that have been approved by the

curriculum officer.

6. Post user friendly links on the main page to demonstrate

what is available for students, parents and teachers.

7. When information is send to me from Discovery Education I

will make sure I post to this blog.

8. Surveys will be posted as needed to assist with planning for

training, assessmetn dates,and suggestions for

improvement of the assessment tool.

Please add your comments and concerns to this blog. It is to make our benchmark assessment stronger and connect us to one another quicker.



Questions answered for class:

1. What are your goals for integrating Google applications into your school or personal practice? My goal is to use google docs for sending out information to teachers and administrators, the calendar will be used to keep all users informed of important dates related to Discovery Assessment and professional development being held or days I will be available to come to schools, the Blog will be used to provide updates from Discovery Education and any other federal program or educational messages that might be of importance.

2. What steps will you need to take to implement your vision? To implement my vision I only need permission to make my Blog public.

3. What key unanswered questions do you have about using Google applications? I don’t have any unanswered questions at this time.

4. Among school staff, who will be able to help you implement your vision? The curriculum officer approves assessment dates for benchmark testing. Professional Development days are planned based on the curriculum department calendar. Mrs. Jemison makes sure that funds are available each year to continue this initiative per the curriculum officer's request for district consistency. Nancy Hill the director of testing and I work together to stay abreast of current data related to testing and current trends and best practices for student improvement academically.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How To Use Data From Reports

Transform Data into Information, Information into Knowledge, and Knowledge into Action
Student Proficiency Levels — match the state’s cut-offs defined in the No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) state plan identifying the state-specific proficiency levels
Comparison Report — shows the progress by objective over the course of the year
Grade-Wide Summary — provided for each grade tested in the school
Individual Student Report — designed to encourage student and parent involvement
District Reports — available with districtwide implementation of ThinkLink Assessment

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Discovery Education Reports

Reports Contain:
Class Summary — provides results for the entire class
Student Report — documents proficiency level by skill for every student
Objective Report — provides an item analysis showing the difficulty level of each item as well as the state criterion-referenced test (CRT) and norm-referenced test (NRT) objective andsubskill
Student Subskill Report — shows mastered subskills as defined by each state
Answers Report — details the answer for every item for every student

Friday, April 23, 2010

Reports

Reports Are:
Easy to Interpret
No tedious and time-consuming statistics to wade through.
Color-Coded
Color-coded reports let you quickly see the data you need.
Teacher-Centered
Reports allow administrators to place key information in instructors’ hands quickly.
For this data to be actionable and effective in the classroom, teachers must be able to understand it.
Research has demonstrated that practice tests alone do not improve student learning and do not raise test scores substantially.
Instead, research shows that formative assessments provide the data needed to increase student achievement.
Reports Predict:
State Proficiency
Proficiency predictions are provided for reading, mathematics, and language arts for each student.
Proficiency by Skill
Reports identify proficiency by performance levels for each major skill.
AYP Status
Benchmark reports provide a scale or growth score based on state-of-the-art
Rasch Modeling techniques. This score helps educators monitor student AYP.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Research

Reliability Through Research
Discovery Education Assessment weaves the concepts of research-based and data-driven decisions into all aspects of product development and school support to ensure that teachers have the formative assessment tools that work. Discovery Education Assessment:
• Offers content validity matching objectives tested on state specific and nationally normed tests
• Demonstrates high-test reliabilities using Cronbach’s alpha
• Matches the difficulty levels on state-specific and nationally normed tests
• Predicts proficiency percentages for each proficiency level by skill, subject, and grade
• Undergoes peer review by university researchers and district personnel

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Seamlessly Integrate RTI into Research-Based Formative Assessment Proven to Improve Student Learning

A single comprehensive solution is ideal for educators accountable to meet NCLB requirements and also tasked with ensuring students receive the appropriate interventions.
The Discovery Education Assessment RTI solution includes a universal screener and on-going progress monitoring. Periodic, predictive benchmarks screen for tiered intervention and measure student growth. Once students are identified for tiered interventions, teachers monitor student progress using Discovery Education probes or local curriculum-based measures to track the students’ response to the instructional interventions.
Benchmarks serve as both a predictive assessment and universal screener based on state standards.
Curriculum and fluency probes provide frequent progress monitoring towards state proficiency expectations and a student’s response to interventions.
80-90% predictor of high stakes exams
Progress Zone includes Discovery Education streaming videos and over 35,000 items
Assessments available for Kindergarten through High School
Easy to use with simple, yet powerful reporting

Time is saved for teachers and limited resources are maximized with a single comprehensive assessment system.

Monday, April 12, 2010

RTI and NCLB

Discovery Education accommodates both RTI and NCLB. Discovery Education provides a single comprehensive assessment solution that satisfies AYP and proficiency requirements. It also satisfies IDEA Response To Intervention guidelines. The RTI solution includes a universal screener and on-going progress monitoring. Periodic, predictive benchmarks screen for tiered intervention and measure student growth. Once students are identified for tiered interventions, teachers monitor student progress using Discovery Education probes or local curriculum-based measures to track the students response to instructional interventions. The other products I have researched focus on either NCLB or RTI. No other solution provides both in one.

Monday, March 29, 2010

RESOURCES

When you click on Resources, there are links to URLs for our state’s standards, goals, performance indicators, skills, or whatever term you wish to use. I am sure that each of you know that new instructional resources are creeping up on the Internet all the time. Discovery Education has been expanding their grades and subjects, so they are in the process of linking URLs to skills. There is a delicious site to share bookmarks of websites that had either links to sites with instructional materials or a large quantity of instructional materials. For those of you already familiar with delicious, here’s the link: http://delicious.com/discoveryea. For those who don’t have experience with it, delicious is a social bookmarking site, one of those handy web2.0 tools. You can store, share, and discover web bookmarks on delicious.