This report chronicles how practitioners and a researcher piloted and designed a community-based self-assessment system for second- to twelfth- grade students over a five-year span. This report illustrates how self-assessment instruments and classroom routines, together, provided students with opportunities to take ownership of their assessment data, and evaluate their disciplinary-content knowledge and passions as multilingual community members. This report also explores how the design cycle and pilot helped teachers become more cognizant of the connection between local language ideologies, social justice, and multilingual language development and literacy. This report is an interactive roadmap. Each section includes hyperlinks and thumbnails to tables, figures, and real-life examples of the self-assessment instruments in practice in order to document instrument development.
The UCLA Center for Community Schooling supports a portfolio of research-practice partnerships (RPPs) designed to address problems that are important to local community schools. These partnerships bring together UCLA researchers and school-based practitioners to engage in scholarship that:
- Frames local problems in a broader research context;
- Collects and analyzes local data to understand the problem, and;
- Develops plans to address the problem and support ongoing improvement.
The goals of these RPPs are to inform practice, ensure accountability, and create generalizable knowledge. RPP findings are shared in research briefs and reports, dissertations, conference presentations, and a wide range of publications. (See below for recent releases and our Study Tour materials for a curated list of resources.)
There are also several artifacts associated with these RPPs that directly inform the work of the schools, including assessments, curriculum, frameworks, surveys, infographics, and dashboards. Many of these artifacts are embedded in our online reports and briefs.