NORAM - Buyer's Guide

How to Choose an Assessment Management System that Supports Growth

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2 When students return this fall, whether they're back in the classroom or continuing to learn from home, teachers will be challenged to determine how much students actually learned and retained from the spring of 2020. The impact of school closures due to COVID-19 will be significant. Twenty-five percent of the previous year's content was delivered via remote learning, and many students without devices and connectivity who received only learning packets, may have seen little input or consistent instruction from a teacher. In addition, there will be no end-of-year testing scores to reference for student performance. As you look to fall 2020 and addressing individual student needs, key questions that inform teaching and learning will become even more important, such as: • "What do my students know and don't know?" • "What do I do next based on their current mastery levels?" • "How can I improve my own teaching to help students learn?" To personalize learning during this unprecedented time, schools should look to develop a strong assessment strategy—and have an assessment management system (AMS) that fully supports it. # 1 I N S TA N T & AC T I O N A B L E DATA Data is only valuable if you can immediately use it to positively impact teaching and learning. There seems to be countless ways to collect student performance data, but it can be challenging to get real-time data presented in an intuitive way that makes it easy to use. When school starts, teachers will need to first determine where students are by assessing them on the standards from the previous year. An assessment platform should make it easy to quickly access any standard set in order to gather formative data. Once students have completed the assessment(s), the resulting standards-based data should make it easy to do three things: • See which students need targeted interventions for one or more standards. • Identify which standards should be revisited for the entire class. • Determine the standards that have been mastered by all students, indicating that it's time to move on to another concept. When evaluating your options for formative and benchmark assessment tools, there is a lot to consider. There are also several non-negotiables when it comes to introducing an AMS to your students. To guide you through this process, we've highlighted five key considerations along with how MasteryConnect, Canvas's assessment management system, can help. "[The right AMS] is a catalyst for those collegial conversations about student achievement, about instructional strategies… It offers that consistency throughout the district. We know the When, What is going to be taught, and What is going to be assessed." Leevette Malloy, Director, Fairfield County School, South Carolina 5 Key Considerations for AMS Evaluation

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