Results of Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Teacher Time Study were presented by RMC Research last month at a special session of the Board of Education. The survey, conducted Fall 2016, asked teachers to estimate how much time they spent on non-instructional activities, including instructional planning, last year.
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District E (Lone Tree & Castle Pines) teachers gave their students a voice, solicited their feedback and discovered what they have been doing for years was no longer working. Students were compliant but they were not engaged. Something needed to change.
A new era in state standardized testing has begun and according to the results released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Douglas County School District students continue the trend of performing above the state average, as they have done with prior statewide assessments.
The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is working to build a Balanced Assessment System, which will provide a comprehensive view of student achievement and growth, rather than relying on a single data point.
In the past, little, if any, thought was put into how students felt about the tests they took. While they are the single most important factor in their own academic success, they were left out of the process altogether. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is changing this, seeking feedback during the development of assessments to ensure assessments are not only measuring what they are supposed to, but that they are also engaging the students and providing them with the feedback they need to grow.
If you’ve ever been in a kindergarten class, you know that when children start school they are wide-eyed and excited to learn. Unfortunately, in our educational system, this changes for many students at some point during their school journey.
For most of us, the concept of student testing conjures dreaded memories from our childhoods; those awful pop quizzes, intensive finals and of course sitting down with number two pencils to fill in the bubbles of the state’s standardized tests. This article talks about how student growth does not have to look like this moving forward.
As a new school year begins, you can feel a real sense of coordination as the Strategic Plan is implemented across the Douglas County School District.
While many in education have complacently relied on state-mandated standardized tests to define their performance, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is building a system that focuses on measuring what matters most, as defined by our Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) and our new teacher and leader evaluations.
Over the past month, during our series on assessment, we have discussed how unintended consequences have brought us to “testing madness.” We’ve also explored the types of assessments that our teachers and students truly value, even showing how they have been successfully implemented in our schools.
If you want to see balanced assessment at work, Shannon Shelton’s eighth-grade U.S. History class at Cimarron Middle School is usually a great example. Her students often show their authentic learning experiences, like organizing a school-wide celebration of veterans. This week, however, you won’t see a lot.
After a decade of increasing standardized assessments following the passage of No Child Left Behind, it can be hard to imagine schools without testing madness.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Proving that World-Class Education allows DCSD students to compete and win on an international level, recent assessment results show our students are paving their way to success.
At schools across Douglas County School District, learning has been paused for the past couple weeks as students take the state science and social studies tests, known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). Ironically, this and other state standardized tests have become so common that they regularly disrupt the learning that they’re meant to ensure.
In a unanimous vote, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education passed a resolution to address “testing madness.”
The Douglas County School District is scheduling a series of parent meetings to inform families about the increase in mandated tests and to capture their concerns over the testing.
Fifth-grade students at Timber Trail Elementary may not even realize they are being assessed. They are part of a pilot program using animation software to provide teachers with an accurate picture of a student's progress.
Beginning next fall, student performance data will play a much larger role in teacher evaluations throughout Colorado. In the Douglas County School District (DCSD) teacher leaders have been working to build a Balanced Assessment System that will prepare the District for the change.
Looking at the Douglas County School District’s assessment calendar it is abundantly clear that something needs to change.
State law mandates that beginning this year school districts across Colorado, including Douglas County, begin tying student performance to teacher evaluations.