Exemplars Community

Exemplars is created by and for educators.

Our community is a growing body of teachers, instructional leaders, administrators, principals and professional development consultants that encompass 50 states and 30 countries around the world.

We grow stronger as a community of learners through collaboration. In an effort to bridge our experiences, Exemplars strives to promote communication through its blogs, newsletters and by sharing success stories and tips from other users. 

Contact us at any time to share your suggestions, offer feedback or to ask questions.

Teachers

Exemplars publishes performance tasks in the areas of Math, Science and Developing Writers, to help teachers use and integrate authentic, standards-based assessment and instruction into their classrooms.

Our material includes rubrics, annotated anchor papers and teacher notes for assessment and instruction. It has been classroom tested and is based on sound scientific research.

As teachers, there are a number of things you can do to help your students become successful in problem solving, while meeting state, national and Common Core standards.

Use Exemplars often in your classrooms.

Research shows that students, who solve problems often, become better problem solvers than students who do not. Exemplars has created a series of professional resources to help you get started on the right foot. In the area of math, please refer to our Getting Started Guide for tips on engaging your students with problem solving. Our Science Toolkit offers equally helpful strategies for integrating our science material in your classroom. Real problem solving is new to many students. They will need practice to become successful. It is important to be persistent.

Practice assessing student work.

You can practice assessing sample pieces of student work using Exemplars Online Math and Science Tutorial. Additional examples can be found in our sample tasks, where student work has been assessed by Exemplars and annotated anchor papers are provided. Practice scoring with your colleagues and discuss your results. Some of the most powerful conversations teachers can have are about student work.

Become familiar with Exemplars rubrics.

Use the rubrics, along with the respective anchor papers to assess student work. You will gain important insights into your students' thinking, by utilizing these tools.

Inform your instructional practices.

Assessment is more than assigning a score. It is using results to improve performance. Use the insight gained from assessment to inform your instructional practices. Examine the annotations on the Exemplars anchor papers. These often provide instructional clues based on what students have done.

Help your students become better self-assessors.

Research shows that students who are good self-assessors perform at higher levels. Encourage your class to use the Exemplars student rubrics. Practice assessing together, as a whole class. Ask your students to assess their own work before submitting it to you, then assess it yourself and return their papers along with your assessment.

Parents

To be successful, students must be able to apply skills and concepts to problem-solving situations and to communicate their thinking to others. In an effort to help kids achieve their fullest potential and learn critical life skills, Exemplars has developed engaging and challenging problems in Math, Science and Developing Writers for the purpose of instruction and assessment.

All our material is based scientific research and classroom tested (used by real teachers with real students) before it is published. Exemplars is used in 50 states and more than 27 schools worldwide.

Below are suggestions for ways you can help your children become successful problem solvers and communicators.

Encourage your kids to solve problems.

Students who do demanding work and solve real problems achieve at higher levels than students who do not. Exemplars offers sample problems at different grade levels that you can use with your children.

Help your kids become good self-assessors.

Students who are good self-assessors achieve at higher levels than those that do not self-assess. Exemplars has rubrics that kids can use to assess their own performance. There are also anchor papers that exemplify different levels of performance. Show these to your children. Ask them to evaluate these papers and then ask them how they can make each one better.

Practice scoring sample student work.

Students can also gain experience by evaluating other students' work. They can practice online with Exemplars scoring tutorial. Here, they can evaluate samples and compare their assessments to Exemplars.

Collaborators

Exemplars has had the privilege of working with schools, districts and resource centers around the country. Here are some of the outstanding groups with whom it has collaborated with.

California School Leadership Academy
CEEMaST
Charles A. Dana Center
Collaborative for Educational Service
The Council for Basic Education
The Education Trust
The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence
First in the World Consortium
Learn2Inquire
The Maryland Assessment Consortium
Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
WestEd