Instruction

The Aligned Instruction definition is derived from the PA Department of Education's website.Instructions

Aligned instruction comprises the following activities:

EvalTools® is native in supporting aligned instruction via the following modules:

    • Learning Plan
    • Building Course Protfolio
    • Teacher Course Assessment Report (TCAR)

All these modules have been illustrated and explained in sections: Clear Standards, Fair Assessment, and Curriculum Framework. Here is how four major activities in aligned instruction are supported through EvalTools®.

 Teaching topics that are algined with the standards:

EvalTools® Learning Plan provides a curriculum framework that specifies:

    • What is covered
    • Targeted skill sets to be achieved (course outcomes)
    • Detailed learning activities and content
    • Assessment methods to be used in class
    • Performance criteria to measure student learning
    • Key assignments with justification as a gauge in meeting each course outcome
    • Intended objective evidence in support of meeting course outcomes

If the learning plan is initially set up correctly, teaching topics that are aligned with the standards follows. Please see the section on Curriculum Framework for an illustration.

 Ensuring the right level of challenge:

In order to ensure the right level challenge, the teacher must have just-in-time, meaningful feedback from students regarding teaching delivery. EvalTools® provides both summative and formative evaluation via TCAR. Based on the key assignments submitted by
students, the EAMU performance vectors are computed automatically to give a glimpse of student performance right away. Performance vector results are color-coded to indicate a problematic area if red, an area of concern if yellow, an excellent area if green, or no color to indicate no concerns. In general, if the EAMU vector is red, it indicates a problematic area. If the EAMU vector is green, it indicates excellent. If EAMU vectors are all green for the class, it may indicate that it is time to raise the level of learning in class. By the same token, if it is all red, you may want to look at the root cause of why student learning is not occurring. Please visit Fair Assessment for the illustration of TCAR for summative and formative evaluation.

 Focusing teaching based on the learning needs of each student:

EvalTools® won't tell you how to teach, but it will show the strength and weakness of student learning on each topic via the EAMU performance vectors. With this information, you can focus your teaching on areas of concern for each student if appropriate. Your individualized teaching can also be captured as remarks along with the graded assignments. Students can view your remarks to help guide them in the right direction.

 Implementing instructional strategies to increase student achievement:

With the summative and formative evaluation provided by the EAMU performance vector, gauging student learning throughout the semester, responding to student needs with targeted assignments, and constantly reflecting on teaching mythologies with just-in-time evaluation information from EvalTools®, you are indeed implementing instructional strategies effectively. Better yet, your activities in class are captured in the objective evidence folder for later evaluation.