Assessment News Roundup – What’s Getting Our Attention 12/2/16 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From NCES: A suite of online data analysis tools that all users to create custom tables. Provides of wealth of education statistics! DataLab From WestEd: This resource provides suggestions for questions […]CONTINUE READING →
This is the second blog in Ruth Schackmann’s series, Classroom Strategies Based on Data. Here, we talked to Ruth about using seating charts in her classroom. Have you always used seating charts? When I started teaching, my classroom never had a seating chart. I might have had one the first few days, but soon students […]CONTINUE READING →
Teachers who use formative assessment as part of their everyday classroom toolbox… quickly identify important evidence of student learning and separate it from distracting information, readily perceive meaningful patterns among their students’ responses to questions and tasks, implement a broad range of formative assessment strategies automatically and flexibly as part of their regular routine and […]CONTINUE READING →
The National Task Force on Assessment Education published a definition of assessment literacy, in part to put the topic of assessment literacy into context for a variety of education stakeholders. We talked with Task Force member Dr. Kathryn Dewsbury-White, President and CEO of the Michigan Assessment Consortium, about writing the definition. What is the Task […]CONTINUE READING →
Back in the 1980s, my colleague Nancy Conklin and I completed and published (1992) a 10-year ethnography of classroom assessment practices. We discovered that teachers typically spend a quarter to a third of their available professional time engaged in assessment-related activities. It is a big part of instruction! We concluded that almost all of the […]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.