In an effort to address the need for assessment-literate educators in a positive way, the National Task Force on Assessment Education was launched in October 2015. The Task Force is comprised of three advisors and 24 educators from 17 states, including pre-service and in-service educators, assessment experts and thought leaders. The goal of the Task […]CONTINUE READING →
Every educator, from federal, state, district, and school leaders, to classroom teachers and parents, plays an important part in creating assessment systems that support student learning. Principals provide leadership, and in collaboration with teachers, can powerfully impact the assessment environment in their schools. In a recent blog post, we shared insights from an article in […]CONTINUE READING →
Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools have had the autonomy to balance annual assessments with assessments that provide regular, actionable feedback on each student’s growth, regardless of where he or she begins the school year. This new flexibility requires a balanced approach to using assessments to provide multiple measures of […]CONTINUE READING →
It’s common knowledge that the word assessment conjures up negative thoughts but for those educators who truly understand assessment, they see assessment as an important part of their job as educator. For principals, this is especially true. Three members of The National Task Force on Assessment Education recently penned an article in Principal Leadership that […]CONTINUE READING →
The National Task Force on Assessment Education provides thought leadership and resources to foster a comprehensive understanding of assessment and its role in supporting student success. The Task Force convened to confront the very real challenge of the lack of assessment education for educators and to improve the national dialogue about the different uses of […]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.