Using Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Data to Improve Learning

Using Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Data to Improve Learning

By: Bena J. Kallick (author), Jeff Colosimo (author)Paperback

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Curriculum mapping, utilizing assessment data, and differentiating instruction can improve schools and raise student achievement. But schools need to seamlessly integrate all three techniques in order to see schoolwide change. Kallick and Colosimo show readers what are the essential questions to ask about the curriculum, the data, and instructional and assessment techniques and how technology can drive the process. They provide real-life examples of districts using these techniques successfully. The book uses the AlterNet software as an example of how technology can help schools develop an information technology system to help the reader tap into and make effective decisions based on the data.

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Bena Kallick, Ph.D is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Kallick received her doctorate in educational evaluation at Union Graduate School. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies for the classroom. Formerly a Teachers' Center director, Kallick also created a children's museum based on problem solving and invention. She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students. She is co-founder of Performance Pathways, a company dedicated to providing easy to use software for curriculum mapping and assessment tracking and reporting, an integrated suite. She is presently a strategic advisor for SunGard Public Sector K-12 on behalf of Performance Plus, a transformational new product based on the work of Performance Pathways. She is known for her practical approach to making curriculum mapping and assessment a catalyst for improving teaching and learning. Kallick's teaching appointments have included Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She was formerly on the Board of the Apple Foundation, the Board of Jobs for the Future and Weston Woods Institute. She presently serves on the Board of Communities for Learning. Her work with Dr. Art Costa has led to the development of the Institute for Habits of Mind (, an international institute that is dedicated to transforming schools into places where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued and have become infused into the culture of the school and community. The Institute provides services and products to support bringing the Habits of Mind into the culture of schools and the communities they serve. She and Art Costa have just completed an online course for EduPlanet21, a company that is dedicated to Professional Development for Educators using the most contemporary tools and thinking to be successful engaging students as 21st century learners. In addition, she is the Program Director for this company. Jeff Colosimo is a cofounder and the current CEO of Performance Pathways Inc., a technology company specializing in data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions. Colosimo has become a nationally recognized business leader and successful entrepreneur as a result of his commitment and innovative work over the past fifteen years in the K-12 education technologies industry. In his past experience as the founder and president of two other technology companies, AlterNet Performance and Alternate Solutions, his innovative work in the field led to several awards, including Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997, Arthur Anderson's Best Practices Award in 1998, and a "Top 100 Hot Emerging Company" national ranking by ComputerWorld magazine in 1998.


Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction to Case Studies 1. Transforming to a Data-Informed Culture Creating a Vision Curriculum Mapping as a Data Source Assessment Results as a Data Source Using an Action Plan to Monitor Process Summary 2. Transforming the Culture Through Incentives Time as an Incentive New Roles for Teachers as Incentive Teaching and Learning Councils in a Building Subject Area Coaches Data Miners Data-Informed Facilitators Mapping Coaches Summary 3. The Intersection of Curriculum and Assessment Creating the Standards-Based School System Assessment Data: Individual Classroom Assessment Data: Benchmarks Across Grades or Courses Assessment Data: State Results Curriculum Data: Individual Classroom Level Curriculum Data: Across and Within Course or Grade Level The Intersection of Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Summary 4. Leading With Data Using State Assessment Data A Protocol for Studying State Assessment Data Comparing State Results and Curriculum Mapping Data Performance Data From Local Benchmark Assessments Protocol for Analyzing Benchmark Assessments and Maps Classroom Data Protocol for Analyzing Student Work in Relation to Their Maps Curriculum Mapping Data Protocol for Checking the Quality of the Map Protocol for Curriculum Dialogue Consensus Mapping Summary 5. Case Study #1: The West Seneca Central School District Overcoming Roadblocks to Success: Persevering to Make Curriculum Mapping Work! Curriculum and New Teachers Curriculum in West Seneca The Prologue to Curriculum Mapping Leadership Zooming In on Two Schools Professional Learning Communities Addressing Obstacles That Can Impede Progress Shared Input and Decision Making Curriculum Cabinet/Councils Resources & Incentives Examining Data and Curriculum Maps Summary 6. Case Study #2: Colonial Elementary School Above and Beyond: A Story of School Improvement Building Principal as the Model for Data Analysis First Faculty Meeting of the Year: Reflect on the Past and Plan for the Future Getting Ready for the New School Year: The Data Pipeline Reflective Questionnaire Reflective Questions for Math Pre-assessments Creating Time for Data Analysis Buddy Schedule 7. Case Study #3: West Chester East High School A High School Journey From Individual to Cohesive Curriculum 8. Tips for Staying the Course Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/09/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412927826
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781412927826
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 141292782X

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