Monday, November 19, 2012

Lisa Y. Mosley
Assessment Plan
EDU 645:  Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
Dr. Robert Voelkel

As a teacher one of the things I love to do is develop a lesson plan that will teach my children to be creative while playing.  The theme I will be using to teach the pre-kindergarten class is “Community Helpers” focusing on “Police Officer”.  I chose this grade level because this is the level I am most comfortable with and planning on teaching once I graduate.   I feel “Community Helpers” is an appropriate theme for this age level because they can do a lot of exploring and connecting to the real world.  The children can learn what each community helper does, how he or she helps us, what kind of tools they use, what kind of vehicles they drive, and where each individual works.    The children can enhance their knowledge through role playing, hands on experience, field trips, and guest speakers can even come to the site to talk to the children.  The week before presenting this theme to the children, I will prepare myself by collecting information from my storage house about community helpers and talk my assistant about the ideas I have for the children.  Community helpers can be incorporated into all the centers to help the children to learn more about this topic.
This plan is developed to assess learners’ performance.  This plan includes a defined purpose and learning outcome, an assessment context, a holistic rubric, and the testing constraints that will be imposed on the assessment.
Purpose and Learning Outcome
            The purpose of the assessment plan is to make sure the student comprehend the material they are being taught regarding community helpers.  I will be tracking and collecting data from students’ progress in the specified course area.  In doing this, the areas in which students need improvement in will be identified.  The unit will be on community helpers and their role in the community, gender of community helpers, work place, and clothing or equipment they use.

The learning outcome:  The learning outcome for the assessment plan is as follows; the students will be able to recall information on community helpers, develop the number six concept, categorize community helpers according to their work place and equipment they use, and gain full knowledge on community helpers through role playing.
Assessment Context
            Children will be introduced to different community helpers; they will exhibit the knowledge about community helpers through answering and asking question.  The students will be able to demonstrate the use of the number concept “six” (this number was chosen because the word “police” contains six letters).  The students will draw a police officer by starting with a circle and adding more circles to represent eyes and lines for arms and legs.
Holistic Rubric
            The rubric is based on Blooms Taxonomy to adjust the level of cognitive rigor in assignment.  This rubric has been prepared for the students’ recognition, understanding of the number concept, and role playing a variety of community helpers. The different levels of complexity at which objectives and test items may be written and a method for test construction will help me write items at these levels to ensure that my classroom tests measure higher-level thinking skills. They will get the number score beside each statement if they are exhibiting those skills (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2010).

Learning Goal
Format of Assessment
Students will be able to recall information on community helpers, develop the number six concept, categorize community helpers according to their work place and equipment they use, and gain full knowledge on community helpers through role playing.
Formative Assessment
Post Assessment
Games—community helpers matching.

Puppets—community helpers puppets for role playing.

Visual aids—pictures of community helpers.

Sample Objectives
Example of Questions
Student can verbally give their name, address, and telephone number upon request
What are your name, address, and telephone number?
Students will be able to identify a police officer and his or her role in the community
Which community helper serves and protects us?  Police officer
Student demonstrates their knowledge of community helpers through role playing
Can you act out the role of the police officer?
Student draws a community helper of their choice.
Here is a circle; can you draw a police officer with it?

Testing Constraints
The following are the testing constraints for the assessment:
            Time:  The only time constraint will be if the students are not able to demonstrate the full knowledge of community helpers.

            Reference Material: Reference materials include books, pictures, and a speaker in the classroom.

            Prior Knowledge of task:  The students will be given information on community helpers, what they will be assessed on but with no pressure.

            Scoring Criteria:  Students will not be able to understand the way the teacher assessed them.  The will be given a plus or minus on the LAP-3 if they have achieved the objective that has been set before them.  The main scoring will be through observation, anecdotal record to see how for a child can count, match, and put things in sequential order, and they are able to listen, follow directions, and complete the assignment.

Thought Process and Rationale
            The thought process and rational behind the test and essay items were: the students will have been taught the material regarding community helpers.  The test items made were meant for prekindergarten with the intentions of being a fun “test”.  They are too young to actually given them a test but they will be test with the objectives on the LAP-3.  As far as an essay item.  The teacher will ask a question and write it on the board.  If a student requires extra attention, the teacher can assist by providing one-on-one activity to assess that the student comprehends the information taught.  The “test” can be used in a large group stetting as a game.

The learning Outcomes for the lesson on community helpers focusing on the police officer for prekindergarten are as following:
1.       Students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge about community helpers.
2.      Students will be able to ask and answer open-ended questions.
3.      Students will demonstrate the number “6” concept.
4.      Students will be able to give name, address, and phone number upon request.
Goals and Objectives have three levels.
1.       Educational goals
2.      Informational objectives
3.      Instructional objectives
Four measurable items for the learning outcomes.
1.      Teacher observational assessment of both small and whole group observations through question development and class discussions.
2.      Student comprehension of the community helpers is measured orally.
3.      Student performance will be based on role playing.
4.      Students will extend their abilities to assess strengths in listening and following directions.

Test Items:
1.       Students will be given a variety of pictures of community helpers and placing them with their correct work place along with their clothing and equipment they use.
2.      Students will answer open-ended questions to exhibit their knowledge on community helpers.
3.      Students will count to six.
4.      Student will recall their name, address, and phone number upon request.

a.        The _______protects our streets and makes our neighborhood safe.
Answer:  Police officer.
b.       When you are lost in Wal-Mart this person is there to help you find your parents.
Answer:   Police officer.
c.        Name me three items a police officer use.
Answer:  Badge, baton, and handcuffs.
d.       “This is 911, please state your name, address, and phone number”
Answer:  Varies depending on the student.

Essay Item:  Since the students too young to write, this item will be assessed through observation of the students’ role playing a community helper of their choice.


Kubiszyn, T. & Borich, G. (2010). Educational testing & measurement: Classroom application       and practice (9th ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I chose the three objective test items and essay items because I wanted to see how many students were able to demonstrate their knowledge about community helpers.  Since this was designed for first graders and they are not able to give an in-depth essay, I decided to ask them to give me three sentences about what a policeman does.  This is to test their knowledge by answering a question to see if they absorbed the information that was presented to them.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Who Lives in Your Neighborhood

Grade Level:  First Grade

Three of the measurable learning outcomes for the unit are:
·     10 out 18 students will demonstrate the knowledge about community helpers by answering open-ended questions

·         9 out of 18 students will be able to recognize community helpers in a group of visual aids

·         80% of the class will pass a simple objective and essay test given on Friday

The test items I will use to support my outcomes are as following:

Ojective 1:  After giving the students information about different community helpers, the student will be able to demonstrate their knowledge.

Multiple Choice:  Circle the correct letter. 
 What does a doctor do to help our community?
A. Help people feel better by prescribing medicine and performing checkups
B. Put out fires
C. Deliver mail
D. Helps students cross the street when arriving/departing from school

What is the name of someone who helps us to take care of our teeth?
            A. Bus Driver
            B. Teacher
            C. Nurse
            D. Dentist
 Who is the community helper that helps us cross the street safely?
            A. Crossing-guard
            B. Grocer
            C. Banker
            D. Pilot

Objective 2:  The student can associate community helpers with their role.

Matching:  The first column is a list of community helpers.  Descriptions of what a community helper do is listed in the second column.  In the space provided, write the letter of the description that matches each community helper.

____1.  Fireman                                  a.  Comes to fix toliet
____2. Trash Collector                        b.  Works on the highway to make it smooth
____3.  Chef                                       c.  Puts out fires
____4.  Plumber                                  d.  Makes meals at a restaurant
____5.  Construction                            e.  Collects trash
Objective 3:  The student will recognize the community helper’s role.
 Read and circle the correct answer. 
   1. A doctor works in a school.
   2. The firefighter puts out fires.
   3. The mechanic fixes computers.
   4. The teacher works in a school.
  Objective 4:  The student will be able to answer a question of a given community.

 Write three sentences about what a policeman does.