Nathan and I were just among 14 people who talked Alaska (and Wisconsin!)-wide on the AEIN network discussion on assessments. We’ve decided to contribute to a data base of assessment styles with rubrics. The first area we attack will be speaking assessments.
Just when you think you know what you’re talking about, others in a group can tweak it and improve it. Our little breakout group talked about using holistic rubrics over the course of a year (as Scott has been saying all along) and using the more specific ones on individual writing assignments more often. I think that’s what I just told Ruth I wanted to do more of–and then Nathan shared how he sits down with each kid to discuss the results of the more holistic rubrics once a quarter or so. Deb asked how to tie that to a grade, and Nathan said that wasn’t really the point–it was to help kids see where they’re moving ahead on the big scales.
This group meets for an hour every other Monday. If you’d like to join in, let me know and I’ll send your e-mail to the moderator. (I have your e-mail once you’ve commented–no need to put it into the message.) It’s not strictly TPRS, but it’s definitely a bunch of passionate educators.