What do we mean by "Body of Evidence"?
The SRG system is evidence based. This means that all judgments when determining a student's level of performance are based on a variety of measures. The definition in the handbook states that a body of evidence (BOE) is "a collection of artifacts that measures student learning as indicated by the content scale. At the secondary level, a body of evidence must contain a minimum of two of collaboratively* designed assessments" that measure student learning indicated by the standard."
*excludes teachers who do not have collaborative partners
What's the difference between "pieces of evidence" and "body of evidence"?
Pieces of evidence are the actual artifacts WITHIN the body of evidence. Individual pieces of evidence make up the larger body of evidence. Pieces of evidence can be things like assessments, projects, teacher-created tasks or formative assessments, PLC collaboratively created tasks, district-created assessments, performances, presentations, conversations, or other measures such as these.
Correct usage: "Sune has provided two pieces of evidence for this topic, Mrs. Lovan. I put these into her body of evidence for the topic and will encourage her to give me one more piece for Level 3 work so both she and I feel confident she is at that level."
Incorrect usage: "Marquis turned in two bodies of evidence for this topic."
What is included in the body of evidence?
Anything can serve as evidence, as long as it's aligned to the standard that is being measured. Evidence can be formal or informal assessments, projects, quizzes, papers, oral presentations, or even exit slips. Some teachers have documented evidence of learning through a conversation with a student.
Why are we required to have a minimum of 2 collaboratively designed assessments in the body of evidence?
In our belief statement, we state that we will communicate "fair, accurate, specific, and timely information regarding student progress towards agreed upon common standards." In order for us to gain accuracy and consistency, we need to have a few common measures district wide. The tiered assessments serve as one common measure, as well as other assessments that are created by building or district PLCs.
Why do we not include homework in the body of evidence?
We only want to include evidence that we know was completed independently by the student.