Presenter: Dawn Henry, Director of Teaching and Learning, Oregon City Schools
Summary: As one of the first 10 districts chosen to participate in Ohio’s Instructional Improvement System (IIS) pilot during the spring of 2013, Oregon City Schools selected 15 third-grade instructors as its pilot team and continues to participate in the current statewide Race to the Top rollout.
The pilot began with understanding assessment design – what makes a test item good and how does one recognize bad test items? In conjunction with Bowling Green State University Center for Evaluation:
- Teacher training on assessment design was provided;
- Trained teacher teams reviewed and edited Northwest Evaluation Association items to create 3-part End-of-Course exam administered in May 2013;
- Bowling Green State University Center for Evaluation scored the exam, providing guidance to teachers on developing sound assessment design and a “Twenty Golden Rule” reference list for future assessment development;
- Validated assessments were uploaded and made available for use in the online Instructional Improvement System where pilot teachers were able to customize and generate their own online tests;
- Data analysis and reporting within the Instructional Improvement System enabled teachers to determine assessments taken, review assessment results, examine early-warning indicators and “standards” report cards.