Wednesday, October 28, 2015

G.A. Scale: A Targeted Approach for Mastering the Standards

Over the weekend, I had the privilege to work with my colleagues in Douglas, Arizona at one of our LoTi Digital Age Schools, Omega Alpha Academy School (OAAS). Part of our work was analyzing H.E.A.T. Walkthrough data from Friday’s classroom visitations and adjusting future lesson plans so as to place greater emphasis on authentic problem solving in all K-12 classrooms.

One of the unique protocols they use at OAAS is a weekly Goal Achievement Scale or G.A. Scale (XLSXXLSPDF) for Math/ELA Literacy classrooms. During regularly-scheduled PLC Meetings, grade level or content area teams thoughtfully unpack the weekly Math/ELA standard and then design targeted lesson plans and Pre/Post Assessments to measure growth according to that standard. The entire process provides each team with a heightened sense of personal responsibility to ensure that students reach their targets.

Our role was to assist staff with increasing the amount of H.E.A.T. with their lesson plans so that their daily instruction possessed the same level of rigor (LoTi Level 3 and above) as their weekly G.A. Scale Assessments. Great job OAAS!