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The Authentic Standards-Based Environment

A Systematic Approach to Learning Targets, Assessment, and Data

By: Eileen Depka

Implementing a true standards-based approach to teaching and learning can be complicated work. Author Eileen Depka breaks the process down into logical, doable steps that connect learning targets, rubrics, assessment, and data all back to standards.

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A practical guide to standards-based learning for teacher teams and educators

Why are standards so important, and how do they improve student learning? In The Authentic Standards-Based Environment: A Systematic Approach to Learning Targets, Assessment, and Data, Eileen Depka dives into standards-based student learning with a simple, easy-to-use approach to unpacking standards, developing learning targets, and designing rubrics and assessments. Using data-driven methods and clear examples, this book makes a standards-based process manageable.

K–12 teachers and administrators will:

  • Learn to unpack standards and understand the components and expectations rooted in them
  • Understand how to design standards-based learning targets that directly connect to each component of the standard
  • Design individual and common assessments that link with the rigor and expectations of the standard
  • Report data and design a scope and sequence that will guide next steps
  • Discover how to implement a standards-based system school- or districtwide

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Product Code: BKG078, EKF623

ISBN: 9781954631250

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 176

“Providing a wealth of ideas and examples, this resource will help anyone who wants to implement or strengthen a standards-based environment. From unwrapping standards, developing assessments and rubrics for scoring, and managing data to support learning to building a coherent curriculum, Depka shares a simple but effective process that will lead to success in this work.”

Chris Jakicic, author and educational presenter

“Whether you are brand new to standards-based learning or you are in the process of fine-tuning a work in progress, this resource serves as your go-to guide. From clarifying the why behind the work to the procedural steps needed to develop and implement an effective system, Dr. Depka has provided a step-by-step tool for establishing a standards-based learning environment from beginning to end. If you are considering a standards-based environment in your district, school, or classroom, this is a must-have resource!”

Faith Short, principal, East Pointe Elementary School, Greenwood, Arkansas

“This book provides explicit guidance about how to implement a comprehensive district and school reform model that emphasizes standards as a method of instruction, a means to learn, and a measure of assessment. This is the standards-based resource schools should utilize as their guide for how they use standards to drive decisions regarding instruction, learning, and assessment.”

Erik M. Francis, presenter and author, Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Method and Model for Deeper Teaching and Learning
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