Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Our first post in breaking down the definition of assessment literacy, we detailed the purpose of assessment. In this post we’ll dive into learning targets and assessment quality. But first, it’s important to understand the overall definition of assessment literacy as defined by The National Task Force on Assessment Education: Assessment is the process of […]

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  • The importance of assessment literacy cannot be understated. Assessment literate educators are informed, reflective, and proactive practitioners of learning for students. In our last blog, we shared The National Task Force on Assessment Education’s definition of assessment literacy. To recap: Assessment is the process of gathering information about student learning to inform education-related decisions. Assessments […]

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  • When educators are assessment literate, they are informed, reflective, and proactive practitioners. Educators in classrooms actively seek out evidence of student misunderstanding to address during the course of instruction; all educators actively seek out evidence of student needs to inform educational practice and policy.  All educators regard both formal and informal assessment as means to […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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