Work Sampling System®, 4th Edition, The (WSS)

Work Sampling System®, 4th Edition, The (WSS)

Description

Work Sampling for Head Start™ | Fourth Edition is a curriculum-embedded assessment to help document developmental skills, knowledge, behavior and academics. 

Work Sampling for Head Start™ | Fourth Edition is a curriculum-embedded assessment to help document developmental skills, knowledge, behavior and academics. 

Author:

Samuel J. Meisels, EdD, Dorothea B. Marsden, MEd, Judy R. Jablon, Aviva B. Dorfman, Margo Dichtelmiller, PhD

Age Range:

Grades PreK-6; Frequency of Administration: 3 times per year (fall, winter, spring)

Scoring Option:

Work Sampling® Online or manual scoring

Report Options:

Summary Report

Read about The Work Sampling System Fifth Edition.

Users & Applications

This easy-to-use tool helps you:

  • Collect information on the child’s work and compare it to grade-specific guidelines
  • Identify what children are learning, what they are beginning to master, and what they still need to work on
  • Use your observations and simplify the process of recording and interpreting them
  • Inform curriculum and instruction planning

Content & Administration

  • The three main, interrelated elements of The Work Sampling System—Portfolios, Developmental Guidelines and Checklists, and Summary Reports—are customized for each grade level.
  • Portfolio samples are gathered throughout the year and help demonstrate progress through concrete illustrations of the child’s thinking.
  • Developmental Guidelines cover seven major curriculum areas: personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts, and physical development and health.
  • Summary Reports replace conventional report cards as a way of recording progress, communicating with parents, and meeting reporting requirements. Using information from the Developmental Checklists and Portfolio, you complete a Summary Report three times a year.

Psychometric Information

The Work Sampling System® is a criterion-referenced observational assessment with extensive research supporting reliability and validity.

Materials

Complete Classroom Implementation Kit for each level (P3, P4, K through Grade 6) includes:

  • A Teacher’s Manual
  • Guidelines
  • 30 checklists
  • Wall charts
  • Reproducible Summary Report and documentation masters

Multi-Age Complete Classroom Implementation Kit (P3 and P4 combined) includes:

  • A Teacher’s Manual
  • P3 and P4 Developmental Guidelines
  • 30 checklists
  • P3 and P4 Developmental Rubrics CD
  • Wall charts
  • Reproducible Summary Report and blackline masters

The Teacher’s Manual— included in all kits—provides an overview, explains each element of the system, gives step-by-step procedures, and offers practical suggestions.

 

Scoring and Reporting

  • Summary Reports can replace conventional report cards as a way of recording progress and communicating with parents. Scores are “As Expected” or “Needs Development.”
  • Standards-based Developmental Guidelines Performance Indicators result in a score of “Not Yet,” “In Progress,” or “Proficient.”
  • Work Sampling Online (WSO) School Success Family Corner

    Parent Interface Tutorial

    This 5-minute video provides parents with information on registering for the Family Corner feature in WSO, uploading digital files to share with teachers, accessing helpful links, and managing accounts. View the tutorial.

    Work Sampling Online (WSO) School Success Family Corner 
    Teacher Interface Tutorial

    This 4-minute video tutorial provides teachers with information on inviting parents to the Family Corner feature in WSO, viewing files uploaded by parents, and using files uploaded by parents. View the tutorial.

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Work Sampling Online End-of-Year Activities

    Presenter: Melissa Shamblott, PhD

    This webinar is designed to help programs using Work Sampling Online prepare for end-of-year activities. Topics will include reviewing and monitoring end-of-year data sets, creating outcome reports, analyzing outcome reports, and exporting student data. In the session we will also discuss how to use Work Sampling data to support each child’s transition to the next grade level.

    Date: May 31, 2017

    link Video: Work Sampling Online End-of-Year Activities

  • Using Observational Data in the Evidence Based Classroom

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

    By utilizing the process of observation, documentation, and interpretation of children’s performance and progress, teachers are able to gain valuable insight into children’s thinking and more effectively plan evidence based instruction.

    Date: Oct 21, 2013

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