Louisiana Classroom Chronicles

Classroom Chronicles is a series that highlights the inspiring everyday work of Louisiana educators.
Each month, the blog will spotlight an educator who is taking that extra step to make an impact on
the lives of their students, school and community.

Classroom Chronicles Ariel Vardy
Ensuring Equity: How a Middle School ELA Teacher Uses the Innovative Assessment Pilot to Provide Students with an Equal Opportunity to Succeed

Research shows that students need to possess deep knowledge of a subject in order to effectively read, comprehend, and write about complex texts. However, reading tests traditionally use passages that are not from the texts students study each day, placing students who have fewer life experiences at a disadvantage. To solve this disconnect and better assess students’ knowledge of complex texts, Louisiana has partnered with school systems to pilot an innovative, joint English language arts (ELA) and social studies assessment, based on the materials students have been exposed to in their classrooms, that ensures all students have an equal opportunity to succeed on the test. Among those that have joined the pilot is 7th grade ELA teacher Ariel Vardy, of Glen Oaks Middle School in Baton Rouge. Vardy recently sat down with us to share how the Innovative Assessment Pilot has impacted his teaching and his students, and to provide insight for others considering joining the pilot.

Ariel Vardy, Glen Oaks Middle School, Baton Rouge

Previous Classroom Chronicles

Classroom Chronicles Cornelius Martinez

Pathways to Prosperity: How an Electrical Instructor Ensures Student Success Through Work-based Learning

Cornelius Martinez,
College and Career Readiness Center, St. Martin Parish

Classroom Chronicles December 2019 - Steven Gamache and Jennifer Williams

Nationally Named: How Two Louisiana Educators Were Recently Surprised with a Milken Educator Award

Steven Gamache, Paul Habans Charter School, and
Jennifer Williams, John Q. Adams Middle School, Jefferson Parish

Previous Spotlights

Classroom Chronicles - November 2019 (Jose Guadarrama) Download
Classroom Chronicles - October 2019 (Jenny Carey) Download
Classroom Chronicles - September 2019 (Courtney Guidry) Download
Classroom Chronicles - August 2019 (Chris Dier) Download
Classroom Chronicles - July 2019 (Tasha Jolivette-Jones) Download
Classroom Chronicles - June 2019 (Lonnie Kennair) Download
Classroom Chronicles - May 2019 (Delia Girouard) Download
Classroom Chronicles - April 2019 (Nadene Harrison) Download
Classroom Chronicles - March 2019 (Troy Borne) Download
Classroom Chronicles - February 2019 (Donneisha Wilson) Download
Classroom Chronicles - January 2019 (Kathryn Ferguson) Download

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