Maryland School Assessments - What is the relationship of our new assessments to the content standards? What information will the new assessment give us? What will the test look like? How will Maryland set performance standards?
Understanding Standards, Assessments, and AYP - Maryland State Content Standards. Information about MSA and HSA. How does MD implement AYP? Are schools making adequate progress?
Maryland Report Card - 2003 Performance Report: State, Systems, Schools
Interpreting AYP Results - Student progress in reading and math is measured by the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) or—for a small number of students with profound disabilities—the Independence Mastery Assessment Program (IMAP). Not only does the school as a whole (all students) need to make AYP targets but eight subgroups of students (African American, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, White, LEP, economically disadvantaged, and special education students) also need to make the same AYP target. Understand how your AYP scores were computed and AYP decisions were made. Use the data to determine next steps and set school improvement goals.
School Improvement in Maryland - General index page for Standards, Process, Data, and Instruction.
Maryland Public Schools Info - MSDE webpage.
No Child Left Behind - U.S. Department of Education NCLB site.
Data Collection Templates - MSDE - Create data collection templates for monitoring student progress. Data collection templates provide a format for record keeping that both teachers and schools need to monitor student progress. Can be printed in Excel.
Identifying Data to be Used in Monitoring - MSDE - How do you evaluate whether the instructional strategies you have implemented in your school improvement plan are actually resulting in improved student achievement? Schools have to identify the student achievement data they need to collect to determine if they are making progress toward the attainment of their priority goals.
Using Your Monitoring Data - MSDE - Using data to inform instruction and staff development.
Understanding What Students Know - MSDE - Elements of a good assessment.
Examining Your Monitoring Data - MSDE - Create an expectation. Plan an activity for examining student work. Lead the process of examining student work.
Rubric Generators - The rubric generators that allow you to make grading rubrics by filling out a simple form. Platinum membership available for fee.
Example Rubrics - Sample rubrics created by classroom teachers.
RubiStar - A free tool to help a teacher make quality rubrics.