Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Collecting Assessment Evidence

I've been doing a lot of work with assessments lately, and one of the most important aspects of assessment is collecting evidence to support any assessment scores and decisions.  Personally, I think the most difficult thing about collecting all of this evidence if finding a way to organize it all and track what I've gathered and what I still need.  To help myself keep all of that information organized, so I have it when I need it, I put together a evidence collection binder for each student. 

I bound 8 file folders - one for each domain that I collect evidence on, then I taped the bottom of each folder shut so that the evidence wouldn't fall out :).

Then I made checklists and cover pages that list each standard in each domain.  When I put a piece of evidence in the folder - whether it's an anecdotal note, photo, or work sample - I check the standard off the checklist and label the evidence with a sticky note.  

These evidence binders have made my life so much easier, I don't feel like I have notes in 10 different notebooks and work samples floating around everywhere.  I also feel like I am being proactive in my evidence collection, as opposed to rushing around at the last minute.  

I wanted to share these with you so I took my design a step further - I have to collect evidence for two assessment periods, once in the fall and once in the spring - I know there are many programs that are mandated to assess students 3 or 4 times throughout the year so I added a checklist that has 4 collection periods.  

My Assessment Evidence Collection Kit is available in my TPT store if you want to try it out yourself!

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