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Title: Yes, Virginia, There IS Assessment in Library Media Instruction!

Yes, Virginia, There IS Assessment in Library
Media Instruction!
  • Andy Spinks
  • Supervisor of Library Media Education
  • Cobb County School District

  • Not program assessment, Not grading
  • Level of assessment
  • Institutional level
  • Program level
  • Classroom level
  • Curricular Focus
  • Separate/Additional assessment of information
  • Collaborative assessment of curriculum standards
    relating to information literacy

Why Assess?
Why should LMSs participate?
  • Have an impact
  • Ensure that all students become information
  • Work more efficiently
  • Dont spend time doing things that dont lead to
    student learning
  • Demonstrate your importance
  • The data you gather provide evidence that your
    program directly contributes to student

21st Century Education Assessment
  • New Methods for a New Mission

Change in Mission for Education
  • OLD Sort students into a rank order
  • Good for students who are good at school
  • Bad for students who dont succeed initially
  • Creates a destructive feedback loop the good get
    better and the bad drop out
  • NEW Help ALL students succeed
  • Adjust differentiate instruction so that every
    student meets standards

Balanced Assessment
  • Assessment Of learning
  • Summative takes place after the learning
  • measures student success/failure
  • Assessment FOR Learning (AFL)
  • Formative takes place during the learning
  • Provides feedback to student and teacher
  • Allows for corrective action so that all students

Assessment FOR Learning (AFL)
  • Provides feedback that informs teachers
    instructional decisions
  • Allows for instructional changes during the
    learning experience, rather than measuring
    results afterward
  • Provides positive motivation and encouragement to
  • Uses a carrot, not a stick. (Fear and
    intimidation do not motivate at-risk students.
  • Provides evidence of successes and describes
    pathways to continued growth (scaffolding).

Students as Instructional Decision-Makers
  • Students are the most important audience for
    assessment data.
  • Based on assessment feedback, they decide whether
    to try harder or stop trying.
  • Feedback that says You failed! causes students
    to stop trying.
  • Feedback that says You got this part right, and
    here is how to get the next part right.
    motivates students to continue.
  • If students stop trying, we have failed. All
    other instructional actions are irrelevant.

Advantages of AFL
  • Continuous, ongoing feedback allows student and
    teachers to make real-time adjustments
  • Breaks the destructive feedback loop of the old
  • Research has clearly shown that it works.

Assessment in Library Media Instruction
  • Roles of the Library Media Specialist in

Common Assumptions/Understandings
  • Good library media instruction is
  • Collaboratively planned with teachers
  • Co-taught (both are engaged in instruction)
  • Integrated with subject area curriculum
  • Project-based
  • Inquiry-based
  • Designed to engage higher order thinking

Co-Planning of Assessment Goals
  • Collaborate with teachers in the earliest stages
    of assessment planning
  • Co-design projects that
  • Employ inquiry learning
  • Align with curriculum standards
  • Incorporate information literacy elements
  • Engage higher-order thinking skills
  • Allow for differentiation
  • Co-develop assessment rubrics

Co-Planning of Assessment First Steps
  • Identify teachers with whom you already have good
    collaborative relationships
  • Identify teachers who are open to change
  • Suggest small adjustments to the projects you
    already do with these teachers
  • During initial collaborative planning for the
  • At the beginning of the term, before they have
    started planning

Co-Planning of Assessment Examples
  • Allow students to choose their own topics and
    allow/encourage them to make creative topic
  • Add elements that require students to compare,
    contrast, evaluate, or create information.
  • Broaden/Narrow source requirements
  • Add citation requirements, even for presentations
  • Create a schedule of sub-goals or progress
    indicators within the project to guide students
    through the project.
  • Others?

Co-Assessment During Co-Teaching
  • Whole-group instruction
  • Teacher LMS can swap off one performs
    informal assessment individual assistance while
    the other gives instruction to the group
  • Small Group or Individual Instruction
  • LMS can provide individual feedback and
    scaffolded instruction to students as they
    complete the project (even after the class visit)
  • This requires that the LMS know the standards,
    understand the assignment and maintain open
    communication with the teacher.

Co-Evaluation of Assessment Data
  • After the project is completed, the LMS can join
    the teacher in
  • Examining student work samples
  • Reflecting on the what worked didnt work
  • Using this information, they can
  • Make adjustments to the plan for next time.
  • Pro-actively improve similar projects in other
  • Promote the role of the library media program in
    student achievement!

More Contributions to Assessment
  • Common Assessments
  • Collaborate with teams/grades/departments to plan
    common projects with common rubrics.
  • After all classes complete the project, meet as a
    group to examine reflect on assessment data.
  • Data Teams
  • Use your skills and training to help teachers
    draw meaningful conclusions from assessment data.

Review Why Participate in Assessment?
  • Improve the effectiveness of your program
  • Improve student achievement for all students,
    especially those who struggle
  • Gather concrete data that directly shows your
    programs contribution to student achievement
    support of curriculum

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