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Thing 12:

Evaluation and Assessment

1. Pre-Assessment: Not required
The first time that I took the quiz, I got 7 wrong out of 14. I
found myself guessing on almost all of the questions. There
were a few that I actually did know that answer to because I
have had experience with FERPA before. When I came to
college, I had to sign a disclosure saying that I allowed my
parents access to my grades and educational documents.
However, the specific questions about whether the information
was disclosed through mail or not, I had no idea. The second
time I took the quiz, I got 4 wrong still; even after I read the two
articles, there were the questions that were not directly
answered in the text. This made me realize how, there are
important documents that are affecting my life in very
important ways, and I do not even know how they work! And it
is even a little late for me, I would have loved to know this
information when I was in high school. I want to make sure
that, as a teacher, I open my students eyes about what is
affecting their education and who is handling it.
3. Two examples of achievement data. I went to
MISchoolData portal and searched for my high school to check out
the rankings and achievement data of my district. The first

achievement data I found was that Ithaca is ranked 56 th in the

state in regards to achievement in the individual content areas of
math, reading, science, social studies, and writing. We are above
average in all categories, and excellent in the math category. The
next achievement data that I found was that we have an excellent
graduate compared to the other schools in the state.

This site is very helpful if you want to find any achievement

information for any school in the state. It is great for general

ideas, or specific statistics. I have to say that I was proud of

Ithaca, and proud that I am an alum of such a great school!
4. Rubric using Rubistar. There will be many times in the English
and Spanish classrooms when I will have my students write a
persuasive essay either of their choice, or concerning a topic I
give them, and they have to take a side. For my rubric, I
presented my Spanish students with the question: Should
immigrants be required to know English to live in the US? This is
a very important topic to address: it is becoming more and more
prevalent in our society. I want the students to not only take a
stance on the issue, but be able to explain why and then back up
their reasoning with facts, and not biased opinion.

My rubric is rather basic: it evaluates the introduction, first,

second, and third paragraphs, and the conclusion. There are four
categories that range from above standards (the paper is not only
accurate and convincing, but interesting) to below standards. The
tool was very simple to use and very helpful! I liked how it already
had templates for many different content areas, and then within
that content area it had templates for different assignments. I
was rather nervous when I saw that I had to create a rubric, but
this tool made it simple and straightforward! I will definitely be
using this in the future with the simple assignments that I do.

5. Perception data using Google Form. I created a silly quiz

regarding the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria, just to get a feel
for how this tool works. It is very handy, and I can easily see using
this in my classroom when I either want to do a quick quiz over a
reading. I can incorporate the technology by sending them the
quiz on Facebook, and they can quickly submit the results and we
can go over them as a class on the smart board or projector. It is a
fun and up-to-date way to do something that can be considered
boring or old school. Great!

6. Spreadsheet. My findings were put into an excel-like

spreadsheet that made it easy for me to look at and compare the
results of the findings. Since the results were word results, I could
not make a graph, so this was the next best thing.

Overall, it looks like the mashed potatoes are not so great.

7. Post-Assessment: Not required