The Authentic Standards-Based Environment

The Authentic Standards-Based Environment

 Systematic Approach to Learning Targets, Assessment, and Data (A practical guide to standards-based learning for teacher teams and educators)

Eileen Depka


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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

Part 1: The Foundation
Chapter 1: Unpacking Standards—Why and How
Chapter 2: Designing Standards-Based Learning Targets
Part 2: Tools and Analysis
Chapter 3: Creating Standards-Based Assessments
Chapter 4: Creating Standards-Based Rubrics
Chapter 5: Implementing Common Assessments to Ensure Comparable Data
Chapter 6: Using Unpacked Standards to Report Data and Create a Scope and Sequence
Part 3: Embedding the Process
Chapter 7: Implementing the Process School- or Districtwide
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