Section 4: Attaching Evidence
- For the 2013 window, teachers are required to attach evidence (except video, which will be stored locally) to support their ratings and the Content Thread cover sheets to at least one student assessment.
Did you catch that? ONLY ONE STUDENT for EACH TEACHER.
Did you get that it is ONLY for English/LA, Math (and Sci or SS if they have that)?
Here's how it goes:
- Grades K-3 English/LA and Math
- Grades 4 and 6: English/LA, Math and Science
- Grades 5 and 7: English/LA, Math and Social Studies
- Grade 8: English/LA and Math
- Grades 9-10: English/LA, Math and Biology
- Also, YOU get to choose which student you want to gather evidence for. The only restriction is that if you are a high school teacher, and you have a 10th grader on your list, you must do the 10th grader.
- There must be at least one piece of evidence attached to each performance thread.
(See that little kitty? He's not so cute, is he? This is definitely gonna be on the quiz!)
One more thing: If you are a high school teacher, you DO NOT need to gather evidence on your 11th or 12th graders. So, if you only have 11th or 12th graders, you are off the hook completely, as far as gathering evidence goes! (But you still must do the assessment)
YAS students are also exempt from the evidence gathering.
Did you get that? Wait-there's more!
- A sample of student assessments will be collected for review. This will include a review of the bodies of evidence provided by the sample.
- This year, the state is asking us to fill out a cover sheet for each area, explaining the evidence you are uploading. When you click the link below for how to upload your evidence, you will get the links for all the cover sheets. We have modified them so you can fill them out right on your computer, and then upload them with your evidence, and you won't need to print anything out.
But what does it mean?
Again, a quote from the state:
Teachers can attach evidence at the assessment area page or to the performance thread level itself.
Some teachers tag work samples with the ISTAR performance thread that was captured by a particular classroom activity. Some activities may evidence more than one skill and teachers can attach evidence at the assessment area page or to the performance thread level itself.
Acceptable evidence includes a range of authentic classroom assessments. It may take the form of student work samples, short video or audio clips or teacher observations. Of course capturing authentic data (work samples, video/audio clips) would be the most reliable evidence, detailed observation notes can also be included for those skills that a teacher has observed.
And how do you do that?
Click here to find the instructions for uploading your evidence.
Here are some of the examples given to us by the state:
- Work Samples that show the student’s actual performance.
- Photographs that clearly show images of:
- a work product.
- the steps or sequences of steps, leading to a final product (for example a student arranging a pattern or sequence of objects on a table.
- the end product of an instructional activity.
- Audio samples that are no more than three minutes long and clearly represent the student
- Giving a recitation, verbal presentation, performance, or other oral activity related to the targeted skill(s).
- Giving verbal, rather that written, responses as a routinely used instructional accommodation.
- IEP progress reports
Supporting documentation provides additional descriptive information on the context of the learning activity.
- Brief narrative describing how the task or activity was conducted and/or what the student was asked to do.
- Other evidence, including photographs showing how the student engaged in the instructional activity.
Remember taking those videos last year??
The ability to attach video has been removed from the ISTAR program. This evidence will need to be housed locally, with a supporting Content Thread cover sheet attached to the ISTAR assessment.
Is there anything else new?
YES!!! The state has given us cover sheets to be added to EACH PIECE OF EVIDENCE so that you can explain what the evidence shows. Click the link above (uploading your evidence) for links to all these cover sheets. You will be able to fill them out on your computer and upload them directly. No need to print anything out. (I know, I know, I already said this, but it bears repeating)
Before you finalize your assessment, check to make sure all of your evidence has been uploaded and attached. Click View Attachments on the final report.
Two kitties!! Woot woot!
If you do not finalize your assessment, your student will be reported as noncompliant in the final report.
Three kitties on this page--can you remember what they are??