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Using Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Data to Improve Learning

Using Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Data to Improve Learning

  • Bena Kallick - Vice President, Professional Development Services, Performance Pathways
  • Jeff Colosimo - President, Performance Pathways

Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

March 2014 | 144 pages | Corwin
Curriculum mapping, utilizing assessment data, and differentiating instruction can improve schools and raise student achievement. But schools need to seamlessly integrate all three techniques in order to see schoolwide change.

Kallick & Colosimo show readers what are the essential questions to ask about the curriculum, the data, and instructional and assessment techniques and how technology can drive the process. They provide real-life examples of districts using these techniques successfully. The book uses the AlterNet software as an example of how technology can help schools develop an information technology system to help the reader tap into and make effective decisions based on the data.

Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
About the Authors
Introduction to Case Studies
1. Transforming to a Data-Informed Culture
Creating a Vision

Curriculum Mapping as a Data Source

Assessment Results as a Data Source

Using an Action Plan to Monitor Process


2. Transforming the Culture Through Incentives
Time as an Incentive

New Roles for Teachers as Incentive

Teaching and Learning Councils in a Building

Subject Area Coaches

Data Miners

Data-Informed Facilitators

Mapping Coaches


3. The Intersection of Curriculum and Assessment
Creating the Standards-Based School System

Assessment Data: Individual Classroom

Assessment Data: Benchmarks Across Grades or Courses

Assessment Data: State Results

Curriculum Data: Individual Classroom Level

Curriculum Data: Across and Within Course or Grade Level

The Intersection of Curriculum Mapping and Assessment


4. Leading With Data
Using State Assessment Data

A Protocol for Studying State Assessment Data

Comparing State Results and Curriculum Mapping Data

Performance Data From Local Benchmark Assessments

Protocol for Analyzing Benchmark Assessments and Maps

Classroom Data

Protocol for Analyzing Student Work in Relation to Their Maps

Curriculum Mapping Data

Protocol for Checking the Quality of the Map

Protocol for Curriculum Dialogue

Consensus Mapping


5. Case Study #1: The West Seneca Central School District
Overcoming Roadblocks to Success: Persevering to Make Curriculum Mapping Work!

Curriculum and New Teachers

Curriculum in West Seneca

The Prologue to Curriculum Mapping


Zooming In on Two Schools

Professional Learning Communities

Addressing Obstacles That Can Impede Progress

Shared Input and Decision Making

Curriculum Cabinet/Councils

Resources & Incentives

Examining Data and Curriculum Maps


6. Case Study #2: Colonial Elementary School
Above and Beyond: A Story of School Improvement

Building Principal as the Model for Data Analysis

First Faculty Meeting of the Year: Reflect on the Past and Plan for the Future

Getting Ready for the New School Year: The Data Pipeline

Reflective Questionnaire

Reflective Questions for Math Pre-assessments

Creating Time for Data Analysis

Buddy Schedule

7. Case Study #3: West Chester East High School
A High School Journey From Individual to Cohesive Curriculum

8. Tips for Staying the Course


"Kallick and Colosimo have created a terrific book to help readers consider the next steps in using curriculum mapping, assessment, and technology to generate vibrant and productive learning communities."

From the Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

"By bringing together the best tools of technology, the most current research, and the classical mind-set of great educators, this book will help schools everywhere consider the essential questions that great teachers ask, not just in one classroom but across disciplines and grade levels."

Michael Robinson, Head of School
Lake Forest Country Day School, IL

Bena Kallick

Bena Kallick, Ph.D  is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and abroad.  Kallick received her doctorate in educational evaluation at Union Graduate School. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies for the classroom. Formerly a Teachers' Center director, Kallick also created a children's museum based on problem solving and invention. She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students.  She is... More About Author

Jeff Colosimo

Jeff Colosimo is a cofounder and the current CEO of Performance Pathways Inc., a technology company specializing in data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions. Colosimo has become a nationally recognized business leader and successful entrepreneur as a result of his commitment and innovative work over the past fifteen years in the K–12 education technologies industry. In his past experience as the founder and president of two other technology companies, AlterNet Performance and Alternate Solutions, his innovative work in the field led to several awards, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997, Arthur Anderson’s... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412927826