Student Growth

Student Growth: A Component of Teacher Evaluation


The student growth component goes nationwide in 2016. Will your school be ready? Will your school’s student growth assessment build on Common Core Standards and other disciplinary standards or will you have another add-on that steals time from instruction and learning?

Using Standards & Curriculum to Design & Develop Assessments

In her workshops, Dr. Dea stresses using pre-assessments, interim/formative assessments, and post assessments as a lead to learning, a follow up on teaching and learning, and by the end of the course, a demonstration of growth in the discipline studied.  Dr. Dea supports working as teams to develop home-grown assessments and assessment practices that mirror classroom teaching and learning practices, therefore increasing measures of validity and reliability.

Are you interested in how to marry Common Core Standards for ELA and Literacy with classroom instruction and assessment design? In this video, Dr. Dea provides an overview one method to align teaching, learning, and assessment across the curriculum and prepare students for PARCC assessment.


Organization of a Typical Assessment-Writing Workshop

Dr. Dea has worked with a number of schools in building a grass-roots response to local assessment writing. Depending on the district or school’s knowledge and experience with local assessment writing, the workshop begins with an orientation or review of law and responsibilities regarding assessment protocols and then quickly moves into hands-on team work. Within grade level and content area teams, teachers practice targeting standards for essential skills and knowledge, evaluating a pool of content and grade-level items, and revising sample items to more accurately reflect the desired goals and rigor. Once teacher teams feel competent in scrutinizing sample items, they move into the process of building actual grade-leve/disciplinary assessments. The products of this on-site work can be monitored and supported through off-site descriptive feedback provided by Dr. Dea. Field testing and auditing of local assessment designs, another step in the process, is also supported by Dr. Dea’s feedback, followed by local review and assessment revisions.


Tools for Common Core Standards-based Assessment Design

Dr. Conrad-Curry uses all of her experiences to support teachers, schools and districts across the nation to implement the rigorous expectations of the Common Core Standards. Dr. Dea has designed Common Core Grade-Level Unit Planners with convenient drop-down standards and fillable forms. She has also designed Common Core Performance Task Planners complete with self-populating cells aligned to PARCC Assessment Blueprints. To support teachers and students in the Common Core writing standards, Dea developed grade-level analytic writing rubrics aligned to PARCC’s draft writing rubric. Administrators and teachers are excited to see grade-level documents that succinctly summarize assessment expectations and guides planning for instruction and formative assessment.

Throughout, Dr. Dea’s goal is to keep schools and districts aligned vertically and horizontally in order to make assessment part of learning and not just another add-on.