At a data conference last week, I presented a session on Innovative Assessment. This was not rocket science. This was not anything relatively new. However, it surprises me that people react to what is presented as though this is novel and noteworthy. All it really was, is a new way to use old tricks. I had 10 new uses for older tools. These 10 tools are high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech ways to pre-assess and post assess your instruction to prove you are impacting student achievement.
Let's face it: Information Literacy is not a "tested" area. Therefore, is we want to show our impact, we have to create the data and share or spotlight our impact.
In a perfect world, we will have our curriculum mapped and will have all our EQ's ready to roll. Therefore, we could in September, give our students a pre-test with every EQ on a sheet, computer, questioneer, performance based example, etc. In theory they will flop. Then in June, we should be able to give the same EQ's on a list-- basically the same test--and they should Ace this test, if we've delivered instruction in such a way for achievement.
If that seems out of reach, then I would suggest creating "Assessment Artifacts" that can be filed and brought out upon review with any Administrator. Plan your lessons with an innovative pre & post assessment, and your building administrators will think you have your act together. The biggest word for next year will be assessment. Start planning your assessment portfolio now. Listed below are teo ideas for innovative pre and post assessment. Stay tuned this week for additional INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT IDEAS.