Rochester public school staff Tuesday night affirmed confidence in quarterly testing -- a program that would give teachers real-time results about student performance -- but confessed that they aren't pursing such a system because it would be too costly.
The price tag for the software alone would be from $120,000 to $170,000. Other costs would come in having staff dedicated to writing tests, reviewing data, developing re-teaching plans, etc.
Rochester public schools are currently underway on an aggressive five-year plan to close the district's achievement and proficiency gaps. Read more about it here, at a district-made Web site..
Here is today's article.
From the article:
Quarterly tests would provide teachers with real-time data about
student performance, Griffin-Ziebart said. If a student failed to
understand particular items, staff members could adjust curriculum to
re-teach the material. ...
Those tests, Griffin-Ziebart said, could build off of the district's
efforts to offer targeted services in reading and math for students
failing to reach proficiency on state tests. The state test data (MCA-II) is
delivered during the summer months, which education officials have said
doesn't allow for remediation opportunities during the year.
My regular reader might recall the "classroom clickers" that some teachers are using -- small handheld devices that give teachers instant feedback within the classroom. Then teachers can see exactly who didn't understand a particular lesson, or if a large percentage didn't understand a particular lesson.
That real-time data, and the ability to tailor teaching to it, seems to be one of the best ways to apply technology into the classroom.
LINK: Price tag keeps quarterly test program on sidelines