NKT/Assessment, Mock SST, Intervention

7 Essential Teaching Practices & Routines – Assignment Foci

  1. Attend to Equity 
    • Provide all students with opportunities to access and engage in tasks
  1. Promote Collaboration
    • Communicate with other stakeholders—colleagues, parents, and members of the community—about classroom activities
  1. Align Tasks with Learning Goals
    • Select tasks in a manner that provides coherence between what you want students to learn and what you ask them to do
  1. Plan and Reflect
    • Anticipate student thinking and plan how you will respond
    • Compare what actually happened during the lesson to what you thought was going to happen
  1. Prime students for engagement
    • Provide access points without reducing the cognitive demand of the task
  1. Orchestrate Discussions
    • Ask questions to elicit, assess, and connect student learning
  1. Assess for Success
    • Make instructional decisions based on assessment data

Mock SST Assignment Due by date of Appointment.

This assignment is in three parts for a total of 25 points.

Mock SST meeting – 25 points  (See 1 and 2 below).  Sign up for a Mock SST meeting here!

Video Appointment BRING edTPA practice response – Assessment, Feedback, and Planning for Instruction- 5 points   (See #3 below). Sign up for a video appointment time

1) You will perform the NKT and do a short informal assessment as well.  You may want to take a break between the two or do all at once, depending on student age.  But, generally, you can get both the NKT and a short follow-up done in one session.

 You will need to read this to avoid some very common mistakes:  some important issues to consider around the NKT. I have no problem docking points for people who clearly did not read this information. Trust me, I will know if you have and I wrote this document to help you not get docked.

  • Assess Student.  This includes NKT  and brief follow-up questions (maybe subitizing, maybe a base-ten question or two as per marilyn burns video).
  • Use the Scoring form and be prepared to report student’s Actual Age in months and years, NKT Age Level, Raw Score and Developmental Level.  At that time, I will review it to make sure you are scoring it correctly.  I EXPECT IT TO BE SCORED CORRECTLY.  You will lose points if it is not. Also have anecdotal notes about the informal questions you asked student. You will lose points if you don’t have any notes on the questions you asked and student responses.

2) You will prepare yourself to have a Mock SST meeting with the ‘parent’.  We will meet in small groups and listen to each other’s reports as though we are the parent and then as though we are colleagues.  This preparation consists mainly of you being able to discuss the student’s abilities through the Learning Trajectories and Critical Learning Phases.  CONNECT TO WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN CLASS. You will not say things like “this student can’t do any math” or “this student has almost no number sense”.  These statements are not diagnostic and are not helpful.  Instead you will say things like “this student can count through 10 and is able to subitiize up to 3.” Or  “this student has one-to-one correspondence and is a counter from n for small numbers…this means that, given a number like 4, she can count up from 4 to a higher number”.   For students in second grade you may also need to discuss issues around base ten such as “this student is a place value comparer”. Watch this video on some basic Learning Trajectories.  It is low-tech: I recorded it while talking to a student who had questions about LTs and thought it might be useful to others. It will give you some idea of the way you will be discussing issues at your Mock SST meeting.

3) You will develop an intervention plan for three sessions with student/group, implement the plan and write a brief Student Progress and Post Assessment Report.   One of these intervention sessions must be with a larger group (see next paragraph).  For intervention sessions: Do NOT get creative. Use the research-based and tested strategies we discuss in class.

In your edTPA practice response you will want to be clear about objectives addressed and how student progressed.

  1. The objectives you focused on   Use the Learning Trajectories to Write your objectives!  The objectives should be observable and written in the form of an action.   PDF of Learning Trajectories   PDF of Critical Learning Phases: AMC Continua document original Examples: “Students will count out correct number of chips” (LT Corresponder, LT Producer)  “Student will count on from a number while playing the Number line game (LT Counter from N); Student will roll dice and immediately shout out number without counting pips (LT Subitizer to 4 or 5); Students will explain the meaning of the digits in a two digit numeral when answering which number is larger, or who is winning, while playing the circuit number line game (LT Place Value Comparer).
  2. How you focused on these objectives with your lesson/activity
  3. What evidence do you have that your intervention is having an impact on your Focus Student?  Did you see student begin to work in a new Learning Trajectory?  Describe.
  4. Did your planning based on the one student provide you a foundation for supporting other students who might have similar needs or needs at slightly different learning trajectories? Describe.
  5. Bring to Video Review Session

Here is a videotape permission form from NC State.  The permission forms on file at the school are fine with most principals.  But, just in case they ask for ours, you will have it.


Key pieces from Commitment to Equity Disposition related to this project:

  • The candidates’ actions demonstrate the idea that all students are capable of learning and that all students deserve an excellent education.
  • The candidate uses strength-based language to describe their students and their students’ families.

Professional Dos and Don’ts (Pro dos and donts in pdf)– support with professional language when discussing students. You will lose points if you fall into the ‘don’t’  category with your language either in write-up or during Mock SST.  You will gain points for speaking professionally about student and in terms of student learning trajectories met and learning trajectory next steps. Remember to use what you know about learning as you discuss with parent.

Also consider the importance of our Equity Dispositions.  Here, talking about students is where many people slip.  Be careful about how you word things.

Here is Sharon Griffin’s website with the Number Knowledge Test administration  and materials information.  (Click on Assessment link).  These are the same materials I have provided for you above.  But this is the source if you ever need it. The test is available for public use.  You may share it far and wide.

Here is the Number Knowledge Test overview video if you want to review it:

Here is an intervention protocol for students who score very low on the NKT (0-3) and here are the first Ten Lessons from that protocol.  This is more than you will need.  You can even try this out if they scored 4 or 5.  But certainly for Raw Scores of 0, 1, or 2.

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