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Journal 2015

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Assessing College and Career Readiness Skills in Elementary School The Integrated Performance Task (IPT) is an alternative assessment designed to measure essential college and career readiness skills: critical-thinking, problem- solving, and written communication. Each fall and spring, fourth-and-seventh grade students are tasked with responding to a real-life scenario accompanied by supporting documentation. This qualitative, multiple case study conducted at two elementary schools was designed to investigate: 1) classroom assessment practices as they relate to the three readiness skill sets; 2) informed uses of assessment data for instructional decision-making; and 3) administrator and educator accountability with formative assessment. Results highlight school cultures that engaged regularly with formative assessment-data analysis procedures, professional learning communities, and administrative support with pedagogical planning. Amy Abbott Amy Abbott is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and doctoral student in education at Old Dominion University and serves as a high school Gifted Resource Teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Her background includes thirteen years of K-10 teaching experience in all core disciplines. Her extensive work with the IPT over the past four years includes: task and rubric development, teacher-scorer training, and leadership in data analysis among school staff. She can be reached at Virginia Educational Leadership Vol. 12 2015 56

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