Michigan Council of Teachers of English’s
Think Spring Conference 2016:
What’s Common to Your Core?
A Discussion of Authentic Assessment
in the Standards Era
Join MCTE and four premier teacher leaders from across Michigan as we dive deeper into the issue of authentic assessment. Test scores and letter grades don’t give students, teachers, parents, and colleges a clear picture of a student, but what can we do instead?
Session #1: Nancy Patterson will set the stage about assessment and how the ways teachers and students are currently being assessed are inauthentic and inaccurate. Nancy will also introduce some alternative forms of assessment that do take literacy development research into account in ways that testing might not.
Session #2: Danielle Marsh will discuss the role of revision in mastery and how it can address such questions as, “If we don't grade reading and writing as ‘products,’ how might we better assess our students’ literacy development?” or “How might teachers’ data and formative assessments help them prepare students for future formal assessments?”
Session #3: Kevin Ozar will share his experiences “de-grading” his high-school classes in recent years. His talk will provide a concrete look at how English classes can proceed without an obsessive focus on grades by inviting students to self-assess and confer with their teacher.
Session #4: Andrea Zellner will close the day by helping us see how integrating digital literacy skills into classroom practice can help students do relevant work for authentic audiences and how writing in digital environments might lead to more authentic assessments than mere test scores and letter grades.
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• Dr. Nancy Patterson is a professor at Grand Valley State University and a former NCTE Middle Level Section Chair and LAJM co-editor.
• Danielle Marsh is the most recent past-president of MCTE and the 2013 Michigan High School English Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Shepherd High School.
• Kevin Ozar was the Oakland County Teacher of the Year in 2010 and is a teacher-coach for the Link Crew program. He teaches at North Farmington High School.
• Andrea Zellner is a Tech Integration Specialist at Oakland Schools and a doctoral candidate in the Ed Tech/Ed Psych program at Michigan State University. She works with K-12 teachers and students throughout Pontiac.
MCTE is a non-profit, volunteer organization.
Our goal is to promote best-practice teaching in the English Language Arts.