One of the ways the San Diego County Office of Education
(SDCOE) is supporting local school districts is by creating tools and resources
to help them figure out how best to use new assessment results to drive
This is the first year for the new assessment data, which
can’t be compared with information taken from previous tests. Still, this
baseline data can be useful to schools, said Mindy Shacklett, mathematics
coordinator for SDCOE.
Since the results started coming out over the last couple of
months, Shacklett has been poring through documents and information with the
goal of creating tools that will help educators know which practices are the
best indication of whether students are on track to meet academic standards.
“If all they do is teach the content and not the practices,
they’re behind the eight ball,” Shacklett said. “It’s not enough just to give
them the formula and show them the steps.”
These tools will include a rubric for administrators to help
them talk about and observe instruction with the new assessment data in mind.
For teachers, the data will be used to create planning tools.
Shacklett says she plans to share the information she is
compiling with high school math leaders throughout San Diego and Imperial