(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – North Washington Middle School teacher Michelle Devine and Washington County High School Teacher David Goodlett were selected to serve on the Assessment Blueprint Advisory Panel for the Kentucky Department of Education. Devine teaches English/Language Arts at NWMS. She is a 1985 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School in Dayton, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Science in K-8 Education from Wright State University and Special Education LBD Certification K-12 from the University of Kentucky in 2001. In 2007, she received a master’s degree in education leadership studies also from the University of Kentucky. She earned National Board Certification in 2017. Goodlett is a 1987 graduate of Spencer County High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kentucky State University in 1992 and a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006. He currently teaches 10th, 11th and 12th grade English at WCHS.
Devine says working on the panel involved determining what the state assessment will look like for the new Kentucky Academic Standards. “We reviewed the percentage of fiction and nonfiction-based questions that would be appropriate for each grade level as well as the number of multiple-choice and open-ended responses,” she says. “For on the On-Demand writing assessment, we determined the tested mode of writing for grades 5, 8 and 11. We also reviewed the standards to determine the percentage of questions that would focus on language, vocabulary and mechanics.” Goodlett says after reviewing the blueprint, they offered recommendations. “Ultimately, the blueprint will be presented to the state board of education for approval,” he said. “Once approved, the blueprint will be used in the creation and implementation of the new state assessments for Kentucky students.”
Devine also served on the Writing Assessment Item Analysis Panel. “This involved working with Pearson to review each On-Demand writing prompt and multiple-choice questions [including language, vocabulary and grammar] for grades 5, 8, and 11 to determine the alignment to the Kentucky Academic Standards. After revising based on our feedback, Pearson will send the items back to us for a final review.”
“I felt my participation would benefit both my students as well as the district,” said Goodlett. “Working on this project,” says Devine, “I am honored to be able to have an impact on the assessments that will be one measure of student learning throughout our state. My goal is to ensure the assessments are aligned, without bias, and clear, so that our Kentucky students can successfully continue to show growth as they work through each of the grade level standards.”
“The Washington County School District truly appreciates the professionalism and dedication of teachers like Michelle Devine and David Goodlett,” says Cherry Boyles, chief academic officer of the WCSD. “Working at the state level to advise assessment design requires a deep level of knowledge and understanding. Their commitment to this work will benefit students in our district and across the state.”