Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA) taps into teachers’ professional judgement, asking them to synthesize a wide range of relevant evidence and indicators, both qualitative and quantitative, into a meaningful rating of student success. AMMA provides useful feedback to teachers about what is working, what isn’t, and what needs to be done to make sure that all students can be successful.
The Learner First worked with Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) to build a description and meaningful picture of what a successful graduating student would look like in their city. We implemented our assessment system, AMMA, to monitor and measure students’ progress in light of the district’s definition of student success. That system was supported by our software platform, Lighthouse, which brings all those indicators together onto one dashboard to give teachers a full and meaningful understanding of student achievement.
Three times throughout the school year, The Learner First provided OKCPS, as well as each participating school, with a report detailing student achievement. Those reports were more than just a cold number – they gave schools insights into the barriers for students and what work needed to be done to unlock every student’s potential. The results included in the reports showed schools not just how they were doing, but how they could be doing better. It’s no surprise, then, that student achievement rose steadily from the time OKCPS implemented AMMA.
We kind of got away from that because all of the outside pressures that come into schools from legislation, testing, school districts, etc. and etc. When we became involved with Learner First, we were able to refocus and get back to what we really wanted our school to be.
— Laura Morris, Principal