Week 6 – Discussion 1[shortposting]
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Mrs. Marcus had implemented the latest idea in educational assessment. She had studied and prepared for the introduction of portfolio assessment into her seventh grade classroom. The students, including her English Language Learner students (ELLs), were excited about collecting their work in their very own portfolios. Mrs. Marcus explained to her students that their portfolios would be evaluated and shared with parents during conferences. After a few weeks of working on important assignments, students were allowed to organize their portfolios and enter their work. Mrs. Marcus informed the students of her specific academic expectations on each assignment. Unfortunately, she encountered some difficulties when evaluating the students’ portfolios. She observed that her grading guidelines did not accommodate her ELL students. The second language learners were not meeting her expectations in the area of grammar and punctuation on the assignments. Mrs. Marcus realized that she had not taken into consideration the varied language acquisition stages of the ELL students.
- Should Mrs. Marcus return to her conventional assessment methods?
- How can portfolios meet the needs of all students?
- Is it possible to set academic assessment expectations for ELL students who have not yet acquired their new language?
- What formative assessments can Mrs. Marcus use to make sure her students were making progress toward the summative assessment?
Guided Response: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least three. Using the information posted by your classmates, how can the formative assessments suggested involve parents (apart from gaining a signature)? Also, specific to the formative assessments listed, what can Mrs. Marcus do if the students are not adequately progressing?