One of the toughest challenges and greatest rewards in teaching is assessment. If you think back through highlights of your experience as a student, assessments probably stand out—whether the tough assignment that you nailed, the project that opened your eyes to new perspectives and interests, or on the negative side, the ones you bombed or […]CONTINUE READING →
Assessment is a process of gathering information and using it to inform decisions. Educators use assessment processes and data every day to make decisions that affect the lives of students and their families. This means that assessment literacy for educators, parents and students across the education system is an issue of equity. Effective teachers are constantly […]CONTINUE READING →
While nuances abound, our mantra is simple: Assessment literacy is critical for improving student learning. This means… Assessment must serve an instructional role: The role of assessment must be expanded to serve as a teaching and learning tool used in the service of greater and broader student learning success. Schools can use quality assessment practices […]CONTINUE READING →
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states and districts a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that stakeholders in their education ecosystem are assessment literate. Why is this important? Assessment literate educational leaders have an opportunity to do two very important things: They can rest easy knowing that […]CONTINUE READING →
In the current K12 education environment, student assessment data is used to make important decisions every day. Understanding assessments and data literacy are thus essential for all education stakeholders, from teachers and parents to administrators and policymakers.
Assessment education has not been a consistent part of pre-service teacher preparation. Yet teachers are expected to understand assessment tools, administer tests, interpret the results, and apply this data to improve student outcomes.
AssessmentLiteracy.org is designed to promote learning, discussion and engagement about assessments. The purpose is to help educators understand different assessment methods, how to appropriately match tests to their objectives, and how to integrate assessment data into classroom instruction. The vision for the site is to be an assessment resource for teachers to support improved assessment practice - with the ultimate goal of improving the way students learn.