Power Standards and Assessments Update

Power Standards
Power Standards

This past week, we met as a 6-12 Vertical PLC to discuss what we are going to teach in the 2014-2015 school year to make sure we are meeting out Power Standards. We took the seventeen power standards established during our last curriculum review and mapped out what they will look like across each grade level:

This document shows the different areas we are going to assess our students against the power standards. Red text indicates when a new topic is introduced. You'll notice that some of the cells are left blank. This does not mean we are not teaching that particular concept. We decided it is either an inherent part of the process (e.g. Maintain a consistent pulse) or is something we won't assess at that particular grade level (e.g. Perform a harmonic sequence with characteristic tone).

Our next step is to fill in the next tab of the document regarding the time of the assessments. Our district splits the school year in to two 18-week semesters, with grading reports occurring at 6-week intervals. The next tab of the document looks like this:

Assessment Schedule
Assessment Schedule

After that, the members of our Vertical PLC will begin to pick what those assessments will look like for each instrument. Some of the assessments will be the same across instruments (e.g. Technique Builder in Bb #4). Others will be selected by the vertical teachers for their specific instruments. For example, because I see nearly every 6-12 brass student, I will choose Melodic Exercises for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba in the keys specified in the above document. We will begin filling out the final tab of the document which looks something like this:

Assessment by Instrument (click to enlarge)
Assessment by Instrument (click to enlarge)

These assessments will be chosen out of lesson and method book material we use with these students including Student Instrumental Course Levels 1&2, Rubank Advanced Method Volumes 1&2, Foundations for Superior Performance, and a variety of materials we have already created.

We are meeting periodically throughout the summer as a Vertical PLC, and I will continue to update as we do.

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Burton Hable

Burton Hable is an instrumental music educator from Central Iowa. In 2013 he helped open Centennial High School in Ankeny, the first time in forty years that a school district in Iowa expanded to two high schools. He served there through 2018 as Assistant Director of Bands: conducting the 10th Grade Symphonic Band, directing the varsity Jazz Collective, co-directing the Centennial Marching and Pep Bands, teaching music theory, and providing individual and small group lessons to brass students in grades 6-12 at Prairie Ridge Middle School, Northview Middle School, and Centennial High School. During his tenure in Ankeny, enrollment in band grew from 450 to nearly 700, the jazz program expanded from four to seven ensembles, and ensembles under his direction were invited to perform at Iowa State University, Harper College, and the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.