Assessing Your Students: Be a Power Teacher

Posted on August 28, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fran Mauney

Are you ready for the new school year? Have you considered how you will assess your students’ progress this year? Hopefully, you will use work samples, checklists, conferences, student response systems such as Activotes, Activexpressions, Senteos or the good old-fashioned dry erase white boards to gather feedback as you teach, along with teacher made tests, group projects, MAP tests, and standardized testing.

Will the assessment results alter your instruction? Will you work with individuals who may not have grasped the concepts the first time you taught it? As we strive to meet the needs of all the students in our classrooms, we are constantly assessing, analyzing, and providing differentiated instruction to ensure our students are meeting their learning goals.

In Greenville County, we are implementing the online grade book using Power Teacher this year. We will have a new tool that will enable us to gather much needed information about our students learning. Teachers will love the Reports they can generate to analyze and compare results of students in each class or group. The Student Rosters are my favorite of the Reports. As a first grade teachers, I was constantly creating checklists from scratch to gather information about my students’ learning. Now with Power Teacher Reports, teachers can use the Student Rosters to record lunch numbers, Field Trip permission forms, Letter Recognition forms, Writing and Reading Conference Forms, Pre and Post Test checklists, Daily Checklists and the possibilities are endless. Yet, the best part of Power Teacher is parents can access their child’s grade daily by visiting a website. No longer, do teachers have to email parents grades or waster paper by printing weekly grade reports. All grades are accessible online.

“PowerTeacher is seamlessly integrated with both PowerSchool , so almost no setup is required for teachers. All classes, rosters, student demographic information, grading periods, standards, rubrics and grades scales are automatically loaded. As teachers use PowerTeacher, all data flows back to your central database in real time, providing all stake-holders, including parents and students with instant visibility to assignments, scores, grades, comments and progress toward each standard.”

Read these case studies of how Power Teacher is reducing the achievement gap.

One important factor to remember when grading students work this year is whether it is a Major or Minor Assessment. Make sure that you are recording your assessments properly by keeping a copy of the Weighting Guidelines at your fingertips.

Be a Powerful Teacher this year, assess often, vary your instruction and assessment, and alter your teaching to make sure your students are reaching their potential.


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