Building Goal #2
A three-year focus on improving the skill of evidence based writing.
Evidence-based writing is the ability for students to use evidence from their reading to support the claims they make in their writing. Research has shown that success in college writing is linked to students’ ability to use evidence in their writing. According to the University of Minnesota’s College Library website “College courses emphasize expository writing, writing that explains or informs. Often expository writing assignments will incorporate outside research, too. Some classes will also require persuasive writing assignments in which you state and support your position on an issue. College instructors will hold you to a higher standard when it comes to supporting your ideas with reasons and evidence.”
Year 1 (2017-18) - design and administer two common based assessments around evidenced based writing in all grade 9 English and World History classes. These teachers, in collaboration with their supervisors, will score these assessments using a common rubric. Teachers and supervisors will analyze the results of these assessments and design targeted lessons to address student deficiencies with evidenced based writing.
Year 2 (2018-19) - take the process from Year 1 and apply it to grade 10 English and US 1 History classes. Design and implement an additional common based assessment in grade 9 English and World History classes. Continue to score all assessments with a common rubric. Continue to analyze the results adjust instruction accordingly.
Year 3 (2019-20) - take the process from Year 1 and apply it to grade 11 English and US 2 History classes. Design and implement an additional common based assessment in grade 10 English and US 1 History classes. Continue to score all assessments with a common rubric. Continue to analyze the results adjust instruction accordingly. Overall success with this goal will be determined by grade 11 ELA PARCC scores.
Each 9th grade ELA and History teacher will design, administer and score 2 common based assessments around evidence based writing. Assessment results will be analyzed by teachers and supervisors by June of 2018.