Topic outline

  • Welcome and Introduction

    This Contrasting Group Study (CGS) training will be available from March 1 through April 30, 2018. Educators will learn about the CGS study, about the structure and contents of the Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs), and how to participate in the study. This training will take approximately 3 hours and can be completed at your own pace. Free clock hours will be available to participants after completing an evaluation.

    This training consists of reading some documents and viewing some recorded presentations. Please follow the directions carefully. 

    Some key dates and activities:

    • After completing the training, teachers (with students in grades 5, 8, and 11) will use the ALDs and observations of student work to make predictions regarding student achievement on the Spring 2018 Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). These observations can be done as part of regular classroom instruction and assessment.
    • From March 19 through April 14*, teachers will enter their student predictions into the CGS application in EDS. This process should take approximately 5 minutes per class of 30 students.
    • In fall of 2018, participants can return to the CGS application in EDS to compare their predictions to actual student achievement on the WCAS.

    *The CGS application in EDS experienced an error from April 3 through 9 that prevented teachers from making predictions. The app should be fixed by the morning of April 10. We are extending the deadline for predictions to April 18.

  • Gaining Access to EDS

    The key to ensuring easy participation in the CGS for teachers is to make sure you know how to access your EDS account before you try to make predictions. You also need to make sure that you have access to the Contrasting Groups Study application within EDS. This may take some time to coordinate with your District Data Security Manager (DDSM), so please take care of this as soon as possible--within the month of March would be ideal.

    Read the pdf below and follow the instructions to access your EDS account. Then check to see if you already have access to the CGS app. If not, follow the directions to ask your DDSM for access.

  • Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)

    Please watch the first part of the training in the CGS Training Part 1 video, then watch view the second part of the training in the CGS Training Part 2 video. The videos will tell you when to reference the two documents.

  • Making Student Predictions in EDS

    The pdf below has step-by-step screenshots to walk you through the CGS application within EDS to make your predictions. Please read it before logging in to EDS. There are some embedded hyperlinks that you may find useful. You are welcome to print the document and have it on-hand when you access the CGS application.

    The CGS app had a glitch from April 4 through 9 that prevented some of you from accessing your class lists and making predictions. The app should be fixed by the morning of April 10. As a result, we are extending the deadline for predictions to midnight (11:59 pm)  on Wednesday, April 18

  • Evaluations and Clock Hours

    Click on the link below to access the evaluation on SurveyGizmo. After submitting your answers, the clock hour form will appear. Save the form to your computer (right click and select "save picture as"), then print it, add your information to it, and keep it for your records. There is no fee for the clock hours.