Community Support and Next Steps
I have been fortunate to receive support from many areas. NapaLearns has been instrumental in providing me with the time and context to pursue this line of inquiry. With their invaluable support, I was able to access a number of resources, including ISTE, NB CUE, and developers working with Google Apps for Education. Several people provided me with ideas, insight, and assistance with data collection and management. I would like to extend a special thanks to Andrew Stillman, the developer of Doctopus. Doctopus and the New Visions CloudLab Google Add On, and the Chrome extension, Goobric, were both indispensable in the collection and management of my data. My research also depended heavily on resources and personnel from the New Tech Network, and access to the College Readiness Assessments designed by Stanford University and Envision Schools. I owe a major debt of gratitude to my co-workers at New Technology High School in Napa as well, for collecting and forwarding their data to me in a timely manner.
Now that we have a method for collecting and managing our student work, our next steps include continuing to increase the rigor of our performance tasks and to compare assessments scores both individually and as a school population across subjects, grade levels, and special populations. As of Fall 2015, we are implementing the Knowledge and Thinking rubrics across all projects in all core content areas.
I will be working to help my students understand how the CRAs connect to each other across subjects, and to help them reflect on their progress over the past year while planning how to improve in the future. I am working to improve my own practice, and use the CRAs to increase the rigor of my own projects while aligning them to the CCSS and upcoming NGSS.
NapaLearns has been my single biggest support, and I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. Please check out the amazing work being done by this organization at their website, Napalearns.org.