A Superintendent Writes… Common Assessments – A Teacher Who Gets It

No Comments

A LYS Superintendent submits the following:

SC,

I was recently talking to a principal about common assessments.  Of course, anyone familiar with the Foundation Trinity knows common assessments are instructional assessments, not teacher assessments. So, this principal has a teacher who fully understands this.  The teacher has a phenomenal relationship with his students and prior to every assessment he reminds his class of the following:

“I want you all to relax. This is not a test of you, this is a test for us.  This test lets us know how well I taught YOU.  So please, do your best, and we will see how well we have done.”

From what I am told by the principal, the common assessment results are always encouraging.  It is amazing what happens when students start to apply themselves FOR THEIR TEACHER!

SC Response Thank you for sharing. I have witnessed what you have reported numerous times. Once a teacher positions a group of students to give an honest effort, then the resulting valid data informs that teacher’s next cycle of instructional decisions.  Do this a couple of time and real separation from the pack begins to occur.  For a teacher working alone, the separation is from other teachers on the campus.  Get a group of teachers working together (a PLC) and the separation is from peer campuses.

Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “Look at Me: A Cautionary School Leadership Tale” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/lookatmebook 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Plans (Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Tool); PW Lite (Basic PowerWalks Tool); PW Pro (Mid-level PowerWalks Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); NASSP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook
A New Principal Asks.. We Think We Do Enough
The Fundamental 5 National Summit – Your 2 and 3 Week Reminder!

Related Posts

Menu