Wednesday , 21 February 2018
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Proof of Concept Study Now Known as NC Check-Ins

Last school year, North Carolina operated a proof of concept study to try a new assessment process for elementary and middle school students. This proof of concept – now called NC Check-Ins – relies on three shorter, interim check-in assessments plus an end-of-grade assessment to gauge student learning and progress.

Teachers say they appreciate the Check-Ins because they provides them with more immediate and usable feedback about their students throughout the year. This allows teachers to adjust instruction to improve student learning.

This year, the NC Check-Ins continue with a larger number of districts and schools. In grade 5 mathematics, 79 districts, 169 schools and 15,023 students are participating. In grade 6 English language arts/reading, 73 districts, 111 schools and 15,915 students are participating. Also, 18 additional districts and three charter schools have volunteered to be in the program alongside those selected to provide a sample for evaluating this new approach. For students and teachers, the NC Check-Ins can mean fewer assessments since districts no longer need to provide local benchmarking tests.

Newton-Conover is not piloting NC Check-Ins at this time.  However, it will be interesting to closely follow the study and what it means for the future of testing in our state.

(Article reposted from the NCDPI publication – From the Board Room – September 2016 edition)

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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