Saturday Seminar - Transitioning to Meaningful Assessments
The Bay Area Mathematics Project (BAMP), The Bay Area Science Project (BASP), and The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)
Transitioning to Meaningful Assessments
Comparing Writers to Themselves: Some Thoughts on Formative Assessments
Students’ written work provides what might be the ideal opportunity to guide further instruction, but assessing writing, even as a formative assessment, is hard. The arrival of Common Core Standards and imminent Next Generation Assessments has done nothing to make this easier, yet these reform efforts have increased the calls for formative assessment. These calls are supported by a growing body of research on the power of formative assessment (Andrade & Cizek, 2010; Hattie, 2008; Ruiz-Primo & Furtak, 2007; Black & Williams, 1998; Fuchs & Fuchs 1986).
This workshop will engage us in a variety of formative assessment practices and seek to generate some principles of practice for assessments that truly inform instruction. And if we are lucky, just maybe make assessing writing, if not easy, at least less hard.
Tim Dewar: After receiving his PhD in English education from UC Santa Barbara, Tim Dewar joined the faculty in the Department of Secondary Education at the State University of New York, New Paltz as an Assistant Professor teaching courses in English education and coordinating the undergraduate English education program. He is a specialist in the teaching and assessment of writing, in research on classroom practices, and in the professional development of teachers of English and the language arts. He also served as a co-director of the Hudson Valley Writing Project.
Keynote presentation begins promptly at 9:00 am in the library. Additional workshops for math, science, and writing to follow.
Come early and enjoy coffee, tea, and bagels while you network with other Bay Area teachers.