Conversation with Observer (Excerpt)
Overall rating: Two N strands equal an overall N rating.
Demonstrates attempt to set or adopt a big goal according to the criteria In
Accurately explains the main ideas behind big goals, including relationship to standards, measurability, and criteria for ambitiousness and feasibility
Describes in a compelling way why it is important to set big goals, particularly according to the criteria
Adopts a broad, generic goal that aspires to be ambitious and feasible for the entire class and achieves that balance for at least half of the teacher’s students
Designs a goal that is both ambitious and feasible for most students, based on reasoning informed by multiple sources, including diagnostic results for mastery goals
Describes how the goal is aligned to key standards and identifies a basic tool of measuring achievement of the goal.
Describes how the goal is aligned to all key standards, explains broadly what students should know, understand or be able to do in order to achieve the goal, and cites the necessary assessment tools (e.g. achievement tests, performance-based assessments, etc.) that will be most meaningful to students’ lives when measuring the different facets of the goal
Rating: NStrand 1: The Big Goal’s appropriateness for all students, reasoned ambitiousness, and sources.
Rating: NStrand 2: The teacher’s understanding of how accomplishing goals will demonstrate mastery of standards and increase students’ opportunities in life.