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.