Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • The Definition of Assessment Literacy Assessment is the process of gathering evidence of student learning to inform education-related decisions. The impact of decisions turns on the quality of the evidence gathered, which in turn, depends on the quality of the assessment, and associated practices, used to gather it. Those who are assessment literate understand how […]

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  • The National Task Force on Assessment Education and AssessmentLiteracy.org provide 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 […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 3/25/16 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: During this past week the U.S. Department of Education brought together a diverse group of educators, advocates, and experts to negotiate rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Below […]

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  • Back in October one of our partners, NWEA, published a blog by April Roethel titled Today’s Educators and Goldilocks – Making Tough Decisions for Positive Outcomes, that’s worth sharing. In her post, April makes a connection between Goldilocks and today’s educators and in particular, their need to make difficult decisions that have measurable impact. Educators […]

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  • Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law in December 2015, the role of assessments in accountability systems have been hot topics. ESSA provides more flexibility to states in designing accountability systems and creating more balanced systems of assessment. In light of this dialogue, it seems like the right time for a quick refresher […]

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  • As with any profession, those in education – teachers, administrators, students, and parents – all have important questions that need answers. While the questions begin to broaden with each level you venture away from the classroom, all of them are focused on benefiting students. A balanced set of educational assessments can provide many of the […]

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  • There are major gaps that exist between how prepared teachers and district administrators are to use assessment data to drive learning, and this undoubtedly needs to change. After all, while district administrators have some say in what tools and curricula are used, it is teachers who are on the front line leading the charge. They […]

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  • Many people, when they think of assessments, think of summative accountability assessments: that is, those state or district-wide standardized tests that measure grade-level proficiency and end-of-year subject or course exams. There are also interim or benchmark exams. Interim assessment may be administered multiple times between instances of summative assessment to measure progress towards meeting the […]

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  • In our first post on all-student response systems (ASRS), we shared what they are and why they are great for assessing student learning quickly and sometimes anonymously. In this second post, we’ll share some examples of ASRS, what they allow teachers and students to do, and how teachers can create a plan to use them. […]

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  • All-Student Response Systems (ASRS) share some common attributes as methods of collecting evidence about where students are in their learning: They can elicit a response from all students at the same time. Questions can be of a cognitive or affective nature. Responses may be anonymous or not. The methods are quick. When I say quick, […]

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