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16 Mar Assessment Style Guide: Guiding Consistency

by Amber Villa-Zang, Rubicon International featuring Cari Gibson of Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Florida

How we assess students is a critical element in how we educate students. Thinking through assessments, in terms of the ideal mix we hope to use, can be complex. When we consider a mix of formative and summative assessment methods, different depths of rigor, and individual teacher definitions of assessments, creating consistency requires guidance.

See the complete style guide click here [Assessment style guide].

Cambridge Christian is a private school in Florida that works with children 6 months-old through 12th grade. Cari Gibson, their curriculum coordinator, has lead the charge to use Atlas to manage their curriculum. When thinking through their school’s assessment methods, Cari realized the default assessment list was too long. It also wasn’t particularly clear in distinguishing one assessment method from the next. As a result, Atlas’s assessments analytics couldn’t accurately reflect their school’s assessment mix if teachers were calling the same general assessment 3 to 4 different things. In a concerted effort to create consistency in all categories, Cari worked with Graham, one of our Rubicon associates, to create an assessment style guide that provides clear definitions of assessments. Over the phone and via email, Cari and Graham hashed out initial definitions and talked through the nuances and details. In the end, Cari added some clarifications and included subject areas where specific assessment methods should be used. The final result is an assessment style guide that helps teachers create appropriate assessments and ensures consistency by giving teachers a common language around assessments.

When you’re thinking about assessment methods across grade and subjects levels, Atlas can reinforce consistency and clarity around assessment practices. Interested in creating your own style guide? Contact us at pd@rubicon.com and we’ll be happy to hash something out together.

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