Given the important role that assessment plays in the classroom, at the school and district level, and at the state and federal level, it still amazes many how little educators really know about them. In a recent ASCD article – All About Accountability / Needed: A Does of Assessment Literacy – W. James Popham stated, […]CONTINUE READING →
What is a norm? An educational norm is simply a picture of the typical level of performance for any given group of students based on characteristics such as age range, grade level, or geographic area. Interim assessments that provide high-quality norms allow educators to see their students’ learning in a wider context. Norms help educators […]CONTINUE READING →
Formative assessment is the heart of the classroom. It’s the moment-to-moment information coming at a teacher that allows them to make key decisions and changes within a lesson or unit. It’s the tool that allows teachers to see their students’ learning and to make decisions about where to go next. There are an abundance of […]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 →
Over the last two blog posts, we’ve broken down the definition of assessment literacy into its minutia. The first post detailed the purpose of assessment and second touched on learning targets and assessment quality. In this, our last post, we’ll detail the communication of assessment results and assessment and motivation. Like our last post, let’s […]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.