Overall Scenario for Assignments 1-4
Imagine that your locally elected board of the school district has commissioned an Assessment Task Force to improve the overall standardized test scores of the students within the school district. The superintendent (a role played by your professor), has asked you, the Director of Assessment, to develop an assessment project proposal. The superintendent asked you to include the following in this proposal:
- A research topic related to K-12 assessment.
- Research of a local school district’s Website to learn about the established assessment goals. (Note: Do not identify individuals by name, share proprietary information, etc.)
- Proposed recommendations for changes to the District’s K-12 assessment goals.
- Presentation of the proposal for the task force.
The superintendent will review the parts of your proposal as you develop each part and provide you feedback. The superintendent expects you to incorporate the feedback into subsequent parts of the proposal for presentation. In your initial meeting with the superintendent, he has provided the following list of sample research topics that could be the focus of your proposal:
- Bias (cultural and gender) in aptitude and standardized tests
- Implications of cognitive science and brain research upon assessment
- Implications of and Changes to No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 with respect to testing
- Alternate assessment methods for special populations (e.g., gifted students, students with learning disabilities)
- Assessing students with disabilities using computer technologies or other innovations (select one or more types of disabilities)
- Implications of National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, Coaches, and Students (NETS) to school districts with respect to program assessment.
- The Implications of the Common Core Standards with relation to your chosen local school district, state education system, or education system on a national level
- Balancing the use of formative or summative assessments in the classroom with required standardized assessments
You may also choose an assignment topic other than those suggested.
Note: By Week 2, students should obtain professor approval on any assignment topics other than those suggested in the Overall Scenario for Assignments 1-4.
Note: You may create and /or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of these assignments including providing real research information.
Your project will be broken into the following parts, which the superintendent will review and provide feedback:
|1||Assessment Project – Part 1
Background of Topic; Current Issues Related to Topic; and Challenges faced by the District, Evaluation of Assessment Strategies and Tools related to Topic Part 1
|2||Assessment Project – Part 2
Relevance of the Topic and Strategies for the Use of Technology
|Week 6 with revision of Assignment 1|
|3||Assessment Project – Part 3
Recommendations for Changes to the District’s K-12 Assessment Goals
|Week 9 with revision of Assignment 2|
|4||Assessment Project Presentation
Presentation of the White Paper for the Task Force
NOTE: Below are the assignment details we need to complete, please follow all instructions.
Address all points, Do not copy/reword from answers already available on internet. Instructor is strict on APA 6th edition guideline.
Please follow scenario, assignment details and Rubric to full extent.
Selected topic is: Alternate assessment methods for special populations (e.g., gifted students, students with learning disabilities)
Assignment 1: Assessment Project – Part 1 (This is the assignment we need to do)
Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research one (1) topic from the list of recommendations the superintendent provided or your own approved topic. Justify your topic selection by highlighting its relevance to your chosen district being able to successfully meet its K-12 assessment goals. Your research should also focus on locating current issues, applications, assessment strategies, and tools related to your selected topic. Once you complete your research, submit this portion of the white paper to your superintendent for review and feedback.
Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:
- Propose your research topic in which you detail its relevance to meeting one (1) or more K-12 assessment goals in your chosen school district, focusing on a specific grade level, discipline, or target student population (gifted students, students with special needs, etc.).
- Examine at least three (3) key political, legal, and / or current issues related to your chosen topic.
- Describe at least three (3) specific needs of the students in the school district including students with special learning needs.
- Propose at least three (3) applications your topic has to K-12 assessment in your chosen school district.
- Provide at least four (4) sources that document detailed information about your proposed topic. The sources must be written within the last five (5) years.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
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