17-Evaluation and Assessment

FERPA/HIPAA:

While engaging in the Pre Test I felt like I knew the questions/answers well.  Upon reading the Help Sheet I discovered that there were many questions that I answered incorrectly (and also quickly discovered why I answered incorrectly).

1.) Teachers may post grades by student name or social security number.
A student’s grades may only be publicly posted by a randomly assigned code or number that is known only to the student (and parent) and the teacher.

*I answered True.  I suppose I assumed that you were posting information using a Grading Program which would be printed/made available online to only the parents of the child.  I read the word “post” to mean physically uploading online to our Gradebook software.

2.) When a student transfers to a new school, the former school is required to send the student’s education records to the new school.
While FERPA permits the transfer of education records, it does not require schools to transfer records to third parties. Rather, it permits disclosures to officials of another school, school system, or postsecondary institution where the student seeks or intends to enroll. (However, please note that the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that states have in place a procedure for transferring a student’s disciplinary records. and individual states also have specific requirements relative to transfer of educational records. In Michigan, MCL 380.1135 requires receiving district to request in 14 days and sending districts to transfer within 30 days.)

*I answered True.  I assumed this information was required to be sent to the students new school.

Types of Data Collected and the T3PD Data Model:

Perception: Polls and Surveys

Perception meets Technology:

Perception data can be used to inform lesson objectives, and/or identify pre-existing thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Educators often use polls and surveys to explore starting points for learners with a lesson.

I decided to use Poll Everywhere to create a poll on the question: What is a symbol?  This is a required understanding starting in grade 2 for the Michigan Visual Arts Standards and Benchmarks:

ART.VA.II.2.4 Use symbols to create artwork that expresses and communicates meaning.

Here is a screen shot of my poll.  I like how this tool could transition through High School through the use of Twitter response…web response…or through texting.  The information gathered from such a poll would be used as a formative assessment tool to inform instruction.

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Progress Monitoring Meets Technology:

Progress Monitoring meets Technology:

Educators monitor student performance towards goals and objectives, or create groupings for teaching and re-teaching through a variety of formative assessments. Students become more actively engaged with interactive learning, personalized experiences, and the opportunity to chart growth.

Quizlet

Seriously!??!?!  I am beyond EXCITED about this App.  This past school year my primary IDP goal was to develop and implement K-5 Visual Arts Assessments.  Administering, grading, and recording data for over 500 students 2x per year was a nightmare!  My reflection included a plan to revise said tools and a meeting with my building principal where we decided vocabulary specific tests to two Grade Levels vs. six might be a better approach.  This versatile app allows you to utilize already developed tests with a variety of term sets, create your own, provides many options for studying concepts, allows you to administer tests, and record data.  Students can choose to have the questions read to them while studying or even during the test.  I love that the testing function allows students to “show what they know” through writing answers, matching, multiple choice questions, and true false questions.  You can limit your tests to one question type or all.  When developing your own tests you simply develop a “Set Title” and then fill in as many Terms and Definitions as you’d like.  The App allows you to add an image (which might I add automatically generates based on the Term you set) to each Term/Definition pair for reaching your visual Learners.  I can’t wait to use this App for progress in my IDP based on advise from my Principal to focus on Vocab this upcoming school year!!!

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Performance Meets Technology:

Performance Data:

Achievement data comes in many shapes and forms, with summative data being graded and purposeful.  When gathering Performance data, educators seek to replicate online high-stakes testing experiences through a variety of technology enhanced item types. Students are asked to create or review digital artifacts, complete Capstone assignments, or experience online tests aligned to standards.

Rubistar:

I used my Rubistar account to create a Rubric for an Artwork Analysis Assignment using the Elements and Principles of Design.  Through the creation of this Rubric I was able to identify/establish clear Performance Criteria for that assignment.

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Demographic Meets Technology:

Demographic meets Technology:

Depending on the data set, often times demographic data exists at an educators fingertips. With FERPA guidelines as our guide, educators should only access student personal information for those rostered to them.

I currently access demographic data to add students to Artsonia, to gain a greater understanding of the students that I teach, and also to reach out to potential Art Room volunteers.

For my online assessment tool I decided to create a test using Quizlet on the Elements of Art.  Click here to view the actual test.  I am unable to administer the test at this time due to it being summer break. I believe that using online assessment tools will increase student engagement, retention, will give legitimacy to my content area, and will allow me to collect necessary data for self improvement/proof of student growth.

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