District Admin Overview - NCDPI K

Kindergarten through Third Grade Assessment
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Kindergarten through Third Grade Assessment
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Office of Early Learning
March 2013
Welcome & Introductions
Who’s out there?
Polling Directions
Today’s Goals
Gauge current awareness of field
Become aware of the K-3 Assessment
development process
Learn about upcoming opportunities for
stakeholder involvement
If you have a question…
NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki
K-3 Assessment Project Overview
Meeting the Needs of All Children
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant
From NC Session Law 2012-142
• 115C-83.1E. Developmental screening and kindergarten
entry assessment.
– Shall address the five domains of readiness
– Administered at the classroom level
– Aligned to ELDS and NCSCOS
– Reliable, valid and appropriate
– Shall be used to inform entry status, instruction, reduction in
achievement gap, and the early childhood system
– Completed within 60 days of enrollment
From NC Session Law 2012-142
• 115C-174.11 Components of the testing
– Assessment Instruments for K-3
• The State Board of Education shall develop, adopt, and
provide developmentally appropriate individualized
assessment instruments for Kindergarten through Third
• LEAs shall use these assessment instruments… to assess
progress, diagnose difficulties, & inform instruction and
remediation needs
Get Ready to Poll!
The K-3 Assessment is...
A. benchmark
B. summative
C. formative
D. all of the above
E. none of the above
K-3 Assessment Vision
• Formative Assessment
– A process used by teachers and students
during instruction that provides feedback to
adjust ongoing teaching and learning to help
students improve their achievement of intended
instructional outcomes.
Formative Assessment
• The K-3 Assessment:
– will be used by both teachers and students.
– will be ongoing.
– will be embedded in daily instruction.
– will gather information using multiple means.
• E.g., observations, conversations, work samples, tasks, etc.
– will include data from multiple sources.
• Teachers & Support Staff
• Families
• Community Members (e.g., pediatricians)
Get Ready to Poll!
Which of the following statements about
the K-3 Assessment is TRUE?
A. It will include a separate Kindergarten Entry
B. It does not include a kindergarten entry
C. It includes a Kindergarten Entry Assessment
K-3 Assessment Vision
• The K-3 Assessment:
– will include a Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process
• will generate a Child Profile
– will be completed within 60 days of entry
– will address requirements for screening for Reading &
• will be the initial administration of K-3 Assessment
Get Ready to Poll!
Which statement is TRUE?
A. It is not intended for use with Dual Language
B. It will be accessible to the greatest number of
C. It will be used to evaluate intervention and
support programs.
The K-3 Assessment:
• must be constructed in accordance with the principles
of Universal Design
• will be accessible to, valid, and appropriate for the
greatest number of children.
• will be developmentally, culturally, and
linguistically appropriate
• will provide information about children with high
needs to inform support programs
• may still need accommodations for children with
disabilities, but this need should be minimized
Get Ready to Poll!
The K-3 Assessment is designed to…
A. determine teacher effectiveness
B. evaluate preschool programs
C. determine readiness for Kindergarten Entry
D. all of the above
E. none of the above
Guiding Principles
• Rather than determine teacher
effectiveness, it will support teacher
effectiveness by:
– informing targeted professional development in
multiple content areas
– promoting reflective practice
– encouraging collaborative decision making
Guiding Principles
• Rather than evaluating preschool programs,
it will inform additional supports for
preschool programs & teachers
– Funding
– Professional development
– Policy development
Guiding Principles
• Rather than determining readiness for
kindergarten entry, the data collected will:
– provide a better picture of the whole child as
they enter Kindergarten
– support instruction
– help schools be more ready for children
entering Kindergarten
Guiding Principles
• The K-3 assessment will include safeguards
to prevent misuse of information in decisions
made about individual students:
– Examples
• eligibility for kindergarten
• retention decisions
Get Ready to Poll!
The K-3 Assessment will only assess
mathematics and reading.
A. True
B. False
K-3 Assessment Vision
• The K-3 assessment will recognize the
importance of all Five Domains of Learning
– Approaches to Learning
– Cognitive Development
– Emotional & Social Development
– Health & Physical Development
– Language & Communication Development
The K-3 Assessment will:
• address the integrated nature of learning
and development
• align with:
– the NC Standard Course of Study (Common
Core State Standards & Essential Standards)
– the NC Early Learning and Development
In Summary
• The K-3 Assessment:
 includes Kindergarten through Third Grade
 addresses 5 domains of learning & development
 formative in nature
 embedded in daily instruction
 guides planning & instructional practices
 collects data in multiple ways
 is not used to make high-stakes accountability decisions
 informs early grades reform
K-3 Assessment Work Structures
• Think Tank
– Researchers, scholars, practitioners, policy
makers & consultants
– Visionary
• Sparks revolutionary thinking
• Imagines the possibilities
• Generates claims identifying the big ideas
• Makes recommendations
K-3 Assessment Work Structures
• Assessment Design Team
– Educators, families, IHE, content specialists,
psychometrician(s), DPI staff, consultants
– Assessment Development Work Groups
• Analyze input from various stakeholders
• Operationalize the Think Tank Recommendations
• Create assessment
• Make revisions based on input & feedback
K-3 Assessment Work Structures
• Implementation Design Team
– educators, families, administrators, external
partners/stakeholders, consultants, DPI staff
– Implementers
• Establish State Implementation Capacity
• Guide Scalability and Sustainability
• Focus on organization and system change
– State
– Region
– District
Our Proposed Timeline
Develop K-3 Assessment
Spring 2013 – Summer 2014
Conduct Usability Testing
Spring 2014 – Spring 2015
Begin Initial Implementation
Summer 2015 – Winter 2015
Working Together
Upcoming Opportunities
• Surveys
– Kindergarten Teachers
• 2,500 Responses!
• Webinars
– District Administrators
• Thursday, March 28: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
• Focus Groups
– East & West
Pre-K to 3rd Grade
Teacher Focus Groups
• Bertie
• Cumberland
• Durham
• Greene
• Harnett
• Johnston
• Lee
• Martin
• New
• Anson
• Henderson
• Vance
• Buncombe •
• Burke
• Catawba
• Cleveland
• Davidson
• Wake
• Gaston
• Watauga
• Washington
• Guilford
• Wilkes
• Onslow
• Pitt
• Robeson
• Sampson
NCDPI K-3 Assessment Wiki
Office of Early Learning Listserv
[email protected]
Karen Lounsbury
Cynthia Dewey
Darlene Germano
Catherine Woodall
Nancy Costello
Erika Beattie
Jami Graham
Leslie Simmons
Contact Information
Cindy Bagwell
Kathleen Koltz
K-3 Assessment
Project Manager
[email protected]
K-3 Assessment
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Amy Scrinzi
Dan Tetreault
K-3 Assessment
Project Lead
[email protected]
K-3 Assessment
Project Lead
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