Science Sampler: Validating assessment—Teacher study groupsby: Erin Peters

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Teacher study groups are a valuable method of examining the validity of classroom assessments and determining how well the assessments align with student learning goals. The implementation of teacher study groups is based on a model from the Schools Around the World Academy for Teaching Excellence (Council for Basic Education 2000). The teacher study groups are composed of four to six teachers. Often a teacher solicits group members by sending out flyers to the faculty to find interested volunteers.

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Teachers from different grade levels evaluation a teachers’ goal with the resulting students products to other teachers in the group who then assess the work products to see where they fall on a spectrum of meeting , not meeting, or exceeding expectations based on the criteria the presenting teacher provides. They then explain the rationale behind their decisions in an effort to determine the validity of the assessment and how well it aligns with teacher objectives. The author advices including teachers of different content background as well. While this seems like an excellent idea, time is an essential commodity in a teachers’ day and meeting to do this would while being helpful reduces valuable time for other activities.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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