What’s the best way to ensure reading and writing assignments for K-12 students are standards-driven–across all disciplines?
LDC is helping to build better teachers, coaches, curriculum, and schools to improve student outcomes. In this LDC Collaborative, Assessing Standards: How to Find Evidence in Student Work, LDC practitioners Heather Sampselle and Angela Schoon share ways that teachers can effectively connect standards to classroom-tested writing prompts and then to student work.
Our practice is based on LDC’s curriculum alignment system, which guarantees that teachers can learn a simple looking-at-student-work technique that they can immediately apply in their daily practice.
This system combines: Rigor, by ensuring that students in all subject areas are working and producing the level of quality needed to be College- and Career-Ready; Instruction, by providing a guaranteed curriculum for students: instruction that is driven by standards and consistent across grade levels and discipline areas; and Systems Alignment, by bring harmony to the disparate initiatives at work in every school in ways that set students and educators up for success: curriculum, formative assessment, instructional planning, and delivery that is measurably aligned.
- During our first workshop sessions, we’ll share an overview of how using a curriculum alignment system helps guarantee standards-driven reading-and-writing assignments for K-12 students across all disciplines. You will learn a simple looking-at-student-work technique in which you connect standards to student writing that results from rigorous writing assignments. You will also learn how to “code” sample student work for evidence of alignment to targeted standards, and discover implications for your daily practice.
- Following this session, you’ll have the chance to apply the technique to writing that you have gathered from you own students. You will have access to resources to guide you, if necessary.
- During the second session, you’ll be able to share student work coded for standards-alignment. You will be encouraged to share your takeaways and ask questions of one another. You will also be guided to related techniques you can use to see the full connection between standards, writing prompts, and student work.
In both workshops, you will have the chance to explore professional learning experiences available on LDC CoreTools. You’ll learn about tools, resources, and learning experiences available there—resources that you can use to improve curriculum with measurable results for teacher learning and student equity. We encourage you to set up a free account with LDC at coretools.ldc.org.