This is an article from the April 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
It may seem hard to believe, but the school year is quickly coming to a close. Although as agriculture teachers, we don’t exactly get our summers “off,” we do get a break from daily classroom instruction. BUT, not before a whirlwind of assessments.
Testing may be a dreaded word, but CASE certified agriculture teachers have a pretty awesome tool at their fingertips to help them showcase their students’ knowledge, progress and success in agriculture classrooms – CASE End-of-Course assessments.
We know that CASE curriculum provides us and our students with the tools necessary to think deeper, apply knowledge and truly engage in learning. With CASE End-of-Course assessments, we now have the opportunity to capture the data needed to prove the benefits of CASE curriculum and agriscience education to our students, colleagues, and administrators.
CASE End-of-Course assessments are written by the CASE curriculum writers and are available through CASE Online. When teachers order CASE Online, they receive access to the learning management system, which includes an online version of the student curriculum, collaborative features such as discussion forums, wikis and chats, digital assignment submission, real-time grading and feedback, flipped classroom videos, and online assessments, which include the End-of-Course assessments.
Each assessment has 40-45 multiple choice questions, which reflect the content standards taught in its respective CASE course. The assessment is designed to be administered in a 45-minute period, which limits loss of class time due to testing. Students are also allowed three attempts at each assessment, which allows room for improvement.
The CASE End-of-Course assessments also align with numerous national content standards, including:
- National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Common Core State Standards for High School Mathematics
- Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
By aligning with multiple sets of standards, most states can crosswalk to local standards. In many states, the End-of-Course assessments are accepted as completion exams for students.
There are also other benefits to CASE End-of-Course assessments. For students, there are opportunities for college credit with articulating institutions. For teachers, the assessments are often (depending on the state) used as completion exams, which eliminates an additional standardized test. For administrators, CASE End-of-Course assessments provide a non-biased, standardized testing option for school districts to determine overall student performance and completion of a CASE pathway.
The end of the school year may be getting closer by the minute, but with CASE you have the opportunity to finish the year strong, showcase student performance, and provide a true snapshot of how CASE has positively impacted your program.
Interested in learning more about CASE and what is has to offer you and your program? Follow this link for access to this year’s CASE Institute registration information, CASE Pathways, and so much more. Click here to learn more about CASE Online.
Make sure to add CASE to your plan for next year!