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From OSPI: Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work (2011)

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a document describing some common mistakes made by students on most recent state standardized tests (2010-2011 school year).  I find the examples and the commentaries from scorers most useful for designing lessons, or keeping standards high on my own grading of student work.


Questions? Email mathematics@k12.wa.us

Excerpt below.

Rangefinding, scoring and data review of items on the Mathematics Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) provides the opportunity to see hundreds of student responses at each grade and/or course level and to evaluate data summarizing student performance. The Mathematics Assessment Team would like to share observations about student responses and areas of mathematics where students appear to be struggling. Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work lists actions students could take to increase their scores on the state assessments.  Because new standards are being assessed, we have also added descriptions of content that was particularly difficult for students. Grades and/or courses will be listed separately.  (OSPI, 2011).


OSPI. (2011).  Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work on Grades 6-8 MSP.  Retrieved November 3, 2011 from http://www.k12.wa.us/Mathematics/LessonsLearned/LessonsLearned-6_8.pdf

OSPI: Movers and Shakers Listserv

Movers and Shakers:

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Science and Mathematics Collection of Evidence Assessment Specialist. The Science and Mathematics Collection of Evidence Assessment Specialist will assist in the overall development and support of the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) and the K-12 Learning Standards as they pertain to science and mathematics. This person will provide content, assessment, and curricular leadership in the development of the mathematics and science Collections of Evidence (COE). This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington.


Interested candidates are encouraged to visit http://www.k12.wa.us/employment/default.aspx for the job announcement.

Please contact hroffice@k12.wa.us if you have any questions.

Members of the Movers and Shakers listserv can unsubscribe by e-mailing the request to Felecia.mckinney@k12.wa.us

STEM Workgroup on OSPI web.

There’s a STEM Workgroup which meets monthly from 10am to 4pm.

From their website this is their plan:

The STEM Workgroup will:

  • Develop a plan with shared vision, goals, and measurable objectives
  • Ensure that a K – STEM careers pathway is established, including:
    • recruiting, preparing, hiring, retraining, and supporting teachers and instructors
    • creating pathways to boost student success
    • closing the achievement gap, and
    • preparing every student to be college and career ready

The workgroup was created by ESSB 6444 501 (1) (c), signed 5/4/2010.

It has a deadline:

ESSB 6444 wording web site wording

The working group shall develop a comprehensive plan and a
report with recommendations, including a timeline for specific actions to be taken, which is due to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2010.

The workgroup will develop a

report with recommendations, including a timeline for specific actions to be taken. The report is due to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2010.

Here are the members of the workgroup, taken from the web page above.

OSPI’s STEM supervisor, Dennis Milliken, chairs the workgroup. The workgroup also includes at least one representative from the State Board of Education, the Professional Educator Standards Board, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Achievement Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, and others with appropriate expertise.

  • Jonelle Adams, Executive Director, Washington Alliance for Better Schools (STEM Workgroup Facilitator)
  • SusanEllen Bacon, PhD, Associate Dean of Professional Development Continuing Education, Seattle University
  • Rudi Bertschi, Principal Researcher, OSPI/Center for the Improvement of Student Learning
  • Greta Bornemann, Director, Mathematics, OSPI
  • Bruce Cannard, Principal, Edison Elementary School, Kennewick School District
  • James Dorsey, Director, Washington MESA
  • Jeff Estes, Manager, Science and Engineering Education, Organizational Development, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jane Field, M.A., Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Washington State Employment Security
  • Peter D. Finch, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, West Valley School District 208
  • Dave Gering, Executive Director, Seattle Manufacturing Industrial Council
  • Susan Jung, Principal, Central Kitsap Junior High, Central Kitsap School District
  • Catherine Kernan, President, Mukilteo Education Association
  • Carolyn Landel, Education First Consulting
  • Kevin Laverty, President, Washington State School Directors Association
  • John Lederer, Associate Director, Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Kathleen Lopp, Assistant Superintendent, Career and College Readiness, OSPI
  • Dennis Milliken, Supervisor, STEM Education, OSPI (STEM Workgroup Leader)
  • Trish Millines Dziko, Executive Director/CEO, Technology Access Foundation
  • Bill Moore, Coordinator, Assessment, Learning, Teaching, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Mea Moore, Director of Educator Pathways, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Rebecca Porter, Career Counselor, Bothell High School, Northshore School District
  • Wes Pruitt, Policy Analyst/Legislative Liaison,Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington State Legislature
  • James Sullivan, Teacher, Sci-Ma-Tech, Brier Terrance Middle School, Edmonds School District
  • Kathe Taylor, Policy Director, Washington State Board of Education
  • Gilda Wheeler, Program Supervisor, Environmental and Sustainability, OSPI

Web-Crawling the State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction web site.


I’ve been meaning to spend some time clicking around through the OSPI web site, to get some idea of the scope and depth of the information therein.  My assumption is that there must be a lot of good and useful stuff there.  However, random clicking on links seemed a little hit-or-miss.  That’s not a good way to reach my goal, namely a comprehensive view of what is on that site.

Then it occurred to me that a web-crawler program might help.  The basic idea is that you point this web-crawler program to the root of the web site, and it will traverse down all the branches, i.e. pages, of that web site, hitting every leaf in the tree and creating a list.

Here’s the file (PDF) of all the web pages on the OSPI web site, as of 10/24/2010.

And here’s a quick sample, I was looking for “Race to the Top” and then quickly figured out that RTTT was being used as the abbreviation.  So I filtered the Excel file by those terms and came up with these URLs.  Note this is just a search by the name of the URL not a “usual” search by the content of the web page.


Note:  you could also do this just by using the Search function on the OSPI web site, which will search content, but sometimes it helps to know that you will find something *if* you search, i.e. that you know how the web site is organized or named.

The tool that I used to create the map is http://www.winwebcrawler.com (V2.0 is a 15-day free trial).

One serendipitous thing I found during this little exercise is a web search engine that combines search results from Yahoo-Google-Bing.  Give it a try sometime!

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