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Assess for Success! Assessment Tools for K-12 Creative Projects

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, November 29, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Cindy Herren  
Anthony Stirpe  

Creativity is the premier skill innovative companies are looking for. Rethinking our assessments may help prepare students for their future. Learn how creative assessments can engage, motivate, empower and challenge your students and maximize active, deep learning. Many student examples, assessment tools and easy, free creation tools will be shared.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Our digital book will be published in the iTunes Book Store and shared with participants
Our presentation and resources will also be shared

A room with round tables would be helpful for collaboration and participation, but we could adapt to a more traditional setting

Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Too many students – especially those furthest from opportunity – are unprepared for the modern economy and the challenges of the 21st century. The purpose of this presentation is to challenge educators to rethink assessments and their intended outcomes. On traditional tests and quizzes, answers tend to be correct or incorrect. Research shows that students who measure high tend to always measure high, and the students who don't measure up tend to experience disappointment over and over. While quizzes and tests have their place in every learners experience, students also need opportunities to create through a process that has plans, mistakes, feedback and revisions along the way. We will share 7 strategies of assessment FOR learning. We will also share single point rubrics that can be edited to meet the needs of teachers and their students.
Participants will explore various examples of creative projects and the tools used to assess at various K-12 grade levels and in multiple subject areas. 
Participants will explore ways to assess projects when students use digital creation tools (Clips App, PicEdu, Keynote, Book Creator, Google Slides, Google Drawings, etc)
Participants will compare traditional assessments to creative projects intended to show mastery of the same content.
Participants will explore a project based learning model
Participants will explore ways to assess creative projects
Participants will leave with all resources shared within the presentation
Models employed: Project based learning, creation as an assessment tool


(15 min) Introduction: 
Introduce speakers, Objectives of session, Who's in the room?
Participants turn and share with a partner an example of content that they remember from a test or quiz that they took as a student. Share out
Participants turn and share with a partner an example of content that they remember from a project that they created in school. Share out.
Introduce the WHY of creation
Introduce the WHY of assessment
Share research related to both
Formative Assessment Tools - compare traditional to the single point rubric

(10 min) High school example and explanation of how the single point rubric works within a project.
Examples will be aligned to Common Core, ISTE and/or CSTA standards
and will demonstrate the use of a variety of creation tools

(20 min) A second example will be provided, using a second grade project from another subject area. Participants will be given…and they will take time to apply the rubric and assess this project using the single-point rubric.

Compare examples of a traditional assessment to a product created with the intent to show mastery of the same content. Participants will share what they know about the student by looking at both pieces and evaluate which gives more feedback to the student, intended audience and teacher

(10 min) Share example of a rubric that results in every project looking the same. As an alternative, introduce the single point rubric which allows for creativity and doesn’t place boundaries on student performance. Share ways to assess student work in a way that promotes a process that has plans, mistakes, feedback and revisions along the way.

(10 Min) Tricks and Tips: we have a digital book that we will share with teachers, which shares editable evaluation templates and rubrics that can be adapted for any learning environment.

(5 min) wrap-up questions etc.

Supporting research

Chappuis, J. (2015). Seven strategies of assessment for learning. Boston: Pearson.'s-Eyes.aspx

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Cindy Herren, Cindy Herren
Anthony Stirpe, New Rochelle High School

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