• Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AccountabilityAccountability 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    We, as a school and our literacy team in particular, have been looking for the best way to keep student writing folders with writing samples. In the past there have been those paper folders that follow the student along and materials are added each year. This year we have tried to develop electronic writing folders that can also follow the student…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve heard 8th is on paper but 11th is online.

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AssessmentAssessment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Resource # 2: The website No Red Ink can help students with writing skills that we don’t often get a lot of time to teach/reinforce/focus on. Teachers can create accounts and students can login with their Google accts. There is a free version that gives you basics and a paid version that has more lessons. Teachers can assign a diagnostic lesson…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AssessmentAssessment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Resource # 1: Here is a resource we have found and are using extensively this semester. Kami is an annotation app that allows students to complete annotations electronically on PDF files. There is both a free version and a paid version, and our school is currently using the free version. Students can highlight, underline, and add comments along…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AssessmentAssessment 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    I have two resources to share. (1) A book titled The Best Lesson Series: Literature, edited by Brian Sztabnik (ISBN – 978-0692531556). This book is available on Amazon. There are fifteen different, detailed lessons for making literature connections with your students. Near the beginning of the school year, I tried the first lesson about…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AssessmentAssessment 10 months ago

    I posted these questions in the accountability thread as well. When looking at the KDE assessments page, it says that the ACT will be administered to both grades 10 and 11 this year. Is that accurate? (It also says they’re trying to secure funding for that grade 10 administration.) Also, when looking at EOC information on the KDE assessment site,…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AccountabilityAccountability 10 months ago

    Another question. When looking at the EOC requirements on the KDE page, it says that it is live for those on the early graduation pathway. What will we be doing for our current English II classes? Is there an EOC for this year?

    • EOCs will no longer be given with the exception of early graduates. 11th grade students will take an operation Science and OnDemand Writing assessment as well as the ACT. 10th grade will be given a field test in Math and Reading. The 11th grade KPREP and 10th grade field test will be on-line.

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AccountabilityAccountability 10 months ago

    I have a couple questions about the ACT. Will both sophomores and juniors be taking the test for accountability this year? Our curriculum coordinator showed us something that indicated that, and when looking at the ACT page on KDE, it says that they’re looking for funding for the administration of the test to sophomores. I don’t remember that…[Read more]

    • So sorry for delay in response. Due to funding, the sophomore ACT will not be given this year. Only Juniors will take the ACT, which will count for accountability with Transition Readiness, Math and Reading. The 10th grade field test in Math and Reading will be given this year going operational next school year, which will be used for…[Read more]

  • Tonya Raines posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Our math dept. uses weekly mastery checks for the learning targets. This is definitely something I would like to develop to use in the English dept. as well. This would be a new formative assessment we could add to our dept. for use for next year.

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AssessmentAssessment 1 year, 5 months ago

    We have also been attempting to make the move to standards-based grading. Through this process, we do reteaching and retesting. One of the strategies that I’ve found to be helpful is allowing students to do test corrections on the first test. Students don’t get the same test when they retest. After the tests are graded, they are returned, and…[Read more]

    • Mastery learning for sure! A lot of work, but I know you see more learning. Does Infinite Campus allow you to set-up a standards based grading book?

  • Tonya Raines posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    I think is a concern for all of us; always having to do more with less. We do look at the particular strengths of staff members and attempt to place them appropriately. We are also hoping by consolidating our middle and high school into one building that will allow us to provide more opportunities for all our students.

    • I agree completely! We are struggling now to operate with limited funding and a shrinking student population. We had to consolidate our elementary schools two years ago and the middle and high school last year. Many of our teachers are worried what the future holds. These new requirements will make it nearly impossible for our district to stay afloat.

  • Tonya Raines posted an update in the group Holler logo of AccountabilityAccountability 1 year, 5 months ago

    One of the things we noticed is that to get full points, 50% of the total school population needs to have completed a cultural studies or world languages course. We currently only offer Spanish I and II, and we are unsure if 50% of the students are taking those courses. In addition, it’s difficult for all students to complete career pathways if…[Read more]

    • We also face these problems! There are several electives that our teachers have expressed interest in offering (and that students have asked about), but we have to focus on graduation requirements. Good luck with your transition next year!

    • Right, and you hate to tell students who really want (and need) to take extra dual credit or AP classes that they cannot take them until they get their elective classes taken. Especially when dual credit and AP can get them ahead on their college coursework, which saves them time and money in the long run.

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