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  March 8, 2010


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March 4, 2010

Future Problem Solving Program State Bowl
April 16-17, 2010
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 From the Office of Special Programs
 Assessment - Benchmarking for Students Identified as Gifted

     Not all types of knowledge and skills can be assessed using multiple choice tests (Acuity, DIBELS, etc.). Problem-solving and higher-order reasoning skills are better assessed with performance-based measures, such as rating scales or rubrics.

     There are many rubrics available on-line that measure components of a finished product, such as research project and writing rubrics. There are also rubrics available that measure higher order thinking, such as creativity and problem solving rubrics. These may be used to measure and evaluate annual goals in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) when appropriate.

      Although rubrics are available that measure separate components of higher order thinking, some gifted education teachers in West Virginia saw the need for a holistic rubric to assess gifted students' work and behavior that may be used as benchmark or formative data to describe present levels of academic achievement and functional performance in developing annual goals for an IEP in WV. The result of much study and writing is our Learning Skills/Behavior Rubric. This is available now as both a Microsoft Word and an Adobe PDF file at   Resources for Teachers; scroll down to New *Assessments.

     For those of you who would like the rubric in Excel, it can be emailed to you upon request. We hope to create an online form as soon as the logistics are worked out. Please give us feedback on this rubric.

Technology Site

     The site featured in this issue is Moodle; a free Web app that educators can use to create online learning sites.

Highlighted County

     The highlighted county in this issue is TREK - Wood County

Teachers - Vicki Lytle, Anna Oehlmann, Wendy Redd, Jennifer Sisson, David Stone, Victor Tweel, Pam Wilson and Nancy Wolf.

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
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