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CaMSP December 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

Evaluation News for December:

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December Newsletter - Project Evaluation Instruments: The December CaMSP Newsletter emphasizes the work of CaMSP projects to develop and use evaluation instruments to support various aspects of project implementation. Interviews with project directors from ten projects provide the context for how participating teachers and the project teams have used a variety of approaches and instruments. A total of 19 sample instruments, journal articles and white papers are shared here and on the CaMSP website’s Instruments page.

Resources in the newsletter include rubrics used in the development of curriculum units, classroom observations of teaching and student learning, lesson study facilitation and coaching. A student STEM interest and attitude survey, a student interview protocol and the development of a teaching practice survey aligned to NGSS are also highlighted.

Future newsletters will highlight curriculum resources being developed by projects emphasizing STEM and integrated learning and technology used by projects for teacher collaboration and in the classroom. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have an idea you would like to share. We will also be contacting project directors to follow up on how these resources are being developed and used.

Cohort 10 Report: Public Works recently released Results for the California Mathematics & Science Partnership Statwide Evaulation for Cohort 10. The report finds local partnerships with school districts and universities coupled with high teacher engagement in evidence-based science and mathematics professional development as key support for STEM learning and transition to new science and Common Core math policies. 

Calendars and timelines: Your lead local evaluator has been in contact regarding scheduling the final administration of the teacher content assessment, which will begin to occur in January and throughout April and May. For all cohorts, only one additional post-assessment will be conducted during this timeframe for use in 2017 fall reporting.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Public Works regarding scheduling. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC is coordinating administration of the LMT and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC is preparing all materials for the TCAS.

We have also collected dates of the last intensives and classroom follow-ups so we can keep track as the projects wind down in the late spring.

March YTD’s and Local Evaluation Reporting: For all cohorts, the next set of reporting will occur for the March YTD due to the CDE STEM office by March 31, 2017. Public Works will prepare a Local Evaluation Report that projects will review prior to our submission to CDE STEM office. Your lead local evaluator will be in contact in January 2017 with next steps including the data to collect, analyze and report in March.

Public Works Attendance Database: Please continue to update your attendance and notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of any drops or changes in participants.

Thank you for all of your help in finishing the reporting for 2016 and for completing the partner survey. We are looking forward to working with you in the new year and wish you a peaceful and relaxing winter break!

Lesson Study Observation Rubric - Paso Robles Teacher Leadership Capacity Collaborative (TLC)

Lesson study is an important component of many CaMSP projects. Teachers participating in Paso Robles’ TLC Collaborative project use a Lesson Study Observation Protocol during both the planning and teaching portions of their lesson study. They conduct peer observations using a four-point scale to evaluate each lesson in seven areas with a focus on students.

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Lesson Rubric - Tuolumne County STEM-TRACKS

tuolumne STEM tracks2The use of inquiry-based instruction and curriculum is essential in addressing the NGSS. Tuolumne County’s STEM-TRACKS project uses the 5E instructional model and is using a tool developed by the American Museum of Natural History. The 5E Analysis Guide includes a section to evaluate each E (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate).

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Student Surveys - Escondido STEM Initiative

Escondido’s STEM Initiative chose two valid and reliable instruments to assess interest in STEM content areas and STEM careers. The surveys were developed by the University of Texas Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World ITEST project. Their published paper, Instruments for Assessing Interest in STEM Content and Careers details their research and findings. “Both surveys have special properties that make them attractive for longitudinal studies across single groups and/or provide a snapshot analyses across multiple groups.”

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