Evaluation Associates, as a partner in the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL) with The University of Auckland, was contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide a series of OTJ workshops in 2015. This contract followed the success of a similar workshop series in 2014. These workshops support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.
Our consultants were involved in the development, project management and facilitation of almost 80 workshops across the country during terms 2 and 3 in 2015. The workshops support teachers to:
- make dependable overall teacher judgments (OTJs) in relation to the National Standards
- strengthen moderation practices
- better understand the reading and writing progression frameworks, including those developed for the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT)
- identify resources and tools which support effective teaching in reading and writing
- understand the requirements for interim and end of year reporting to parents
An evaluation report of the first series of workshops in 2015 shows that they have been very successful. Attendance at the workshops was high, with an overall average of 28 educators at each workshop. And more importantly, data compiled from participant feedback indicates a high level of satisfaction from attendees. Written feedback shows that leaders and teachers gained significant learning from the workshops to take back to their schools.
"Really was all helpful. Some things we are on track with, others we are not.”
“Plenty of reviewing and bringing to the surface lots of ideas to take back to the school and work with as a staff.”
“Written material to take away is excellent.”
"Excellent day, venue and catering.”
“All aspects were great. Well organised and presented.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
“Thank you for answering my questions and providing good, sound advice and directions. Hugely appreciated.”
Assorted feedback comments from OTJ workshop evaluations