C.I.A. Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the goal for C.I.A. this school year? This year we would like you to determine your priority standards limiting it to 12-15 for the year. Your CIA will decide how much to do in each quarter as each quarter has different lengths and differing activities. For example, Quarter 1 may only have 2 priority standards as you do more introductory activities. While Quarter 2, may have 4-5 priority standards because there is more time and the complexity of a couple of the standard isn't too bad.
- Why are we changing the name all of a sudden? We have been trying to stress to CIAs that the focus should be on instructional practice, priority standards, and then data to determine instruction (diagnose, prescribe, apply). Unfortunately, no matter how many times PD and Ms. Martin has said, no matter how many times we have repeated, CIA's have continued to focus on the data and the instructional practice and priority standards have taken to the side. We figured that with this new name we can more focus on what's most important in the process. Diagnose --> Prescribe ---> Apply
- What is the difference between Power Standards and Priority Standards? Power Standards are central to the discipline and have lasting impact beyond the classroom. They are the BIG understandings that help them in life. Priority standards are the most important standards in the content or course. Power = Department and Priority = Content/Subject
- What are CFA's? Common formative assessments are used to determine whether students will be successful when they do the summative assessments. When creating the CFA's, the priority standard and the state assessment MUST be kept in mind. CFA's should be short and quick and have a variety of questions in it.
- Can we use the same CFA's for pre and post? Yes, in fact it is the easiest way to determine a students progress towards the standard. However, you may also utilize different CFA's. Some Data Teams use very similar questions for pre and post but keep the same format.
- Where do I start? Three options can be considered when starting the Data Teams process. Option 1: Curriculum Map - create a curriculum map for the year. Option 2: Identify Priority Standards then do the 5 Step Data Teams Process. Option 3: Do the 5 Steps Data Team Process with CFA's already completed.
- What is the new reporting process about? The PD team wanted a quick and easy way to get temperature checks on all the Data Teams, provide a way to ask for support and/or help, and be able to provide feedback for all. The Data Team Reflection Form was created to try and meet all of those. The new reporting template should be used instead of turning in minutes on Lotus Notes. Hard copies SHOULD be submitted to Dr. Barton.
- Where can I get help? There are four (4) main individuals that you can go to for help in the data teams process. Ms. Martin will always have her door open for any questions. Along with her, Erik Kubota, Dr. Corey Barton, and Alan Cabanting will be available to answer, find answers, or help you in any way they can. Please email them for anything regarding CIA's. And by the way, please utilize the PD website for resources and digital files that are being used in other CIAs.