Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Data-Driven Student Achievement

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Data-Driven Student Achievement

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LaTricea Adams is assessment and data specialist, and NAEP coordinator at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Washington, D.C

You have designed curriculum and assessments for the Common Core From those experiences, what are the most important things teachers should do or not do in teaching and assessing students for the Common Core?

The most important thing teachers should do is to use UbD (Understanding by Design) with absolute fidelity. Because the Common Core State Standards are so incredibly complex that it is imperative that teachers unpack these standards before crafting learning experiences or assessments. It's important that teachers don't teach the material before crafting the assessment. An assessment serves two roles: First is to assess student learning, and second to assess the effectiveness of instruction. Creating learning experiences without the learning goals and assessment in place is like traveling to a foreign place with no map or guidance.

Your initial teacher training and work was in foreign language education. Was there anything stemming from learning and teaching a foreign language that has given you insight into how to help students meet the higher overall standards being asked of them?

Because I had the honor of teaching a foreign language, I mastered taking multiple groups of students with little to no prior knowledge to collegiate-level abilities. The consistent woe expressed by educators is that students are so far behind. In a world language class, you're already prepared to meet students who have no previous connections to the language. It is an inherent occurrence, but it never impeded the expectations I set for me or my students. …

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