Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • The value of assessments is in the informed decisions they enable educators to make – in both guiding instruction and enhancing student learning. Assessments provide educators with the information they need to help them decide the degree to which a student or students have achieved certain learning targets. This holds true for formative, interim, and […]

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  • Pernille Ripp is a passionate educator who has supported student learning in some amazing ways. In a recent blog post, she shared insights about making assessments more meaningful. Ripp explained her evolution in moving away from assigning grades to a system of ongoing assessment and feedback that puts students at the center and involves the […]

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  • Assessment literacy involves understanding that assessments are designed to provide teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders the information needed to make decisions that will support students on their educational paths. Validity, reliability, fairness, student engagement, and consequential relevance are key traits of high-quality educational assessment, whether large-scale, end-of-year, or classroom-based. Whether you are providing input […]

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  • When most people think about assessments, they think of summative or perhaps interim, but assessment plays out in classrooms every day, and often it’s not unfolding the way it should. Many classroom discussions consist of lower-order questions that are answered by only a few motivated students. These questions aren’t rich enough to provide detailed information […]

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  • How can educators separate fact from fiction in heated public discussion about testing? One of the best, and perhaps most important, tools educators have when it comes to assessment is their voice – communicating assessment results with parents. In fact, a survey of parents, students and educators, sponsored by NWEA and conducted by Grunwald & […]

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  • One question that seems to be volleyed between parents, students and teachers quite often, both publicly and privately, is Do educational assessments matter? This question reverberates throughout school systems, communities, and to answer it, educators use many tools, all of which combine to inform a teacher’s understanding of student learning. Many educators choose to gain […]

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  • In the recently released PDK/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools, results included a review of American attitudes toward assessment. The poll found that 64% of Americans said that there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in the public schools. The poll also found that Americans are “ambivalent” about comparing test […]

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  • When people think of assessments in education, they often do so without thinking holistically. They think of an end-of-year summative assessment (a final exam or a state test). Or, perhaps they think of interim assessment given at different intervals through the year to measure growth. Teachers might focus on formative assessment tools and practices that […]

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  • In our efforts here at AssessmentLiteracy.org to educate people on the need for a balanced assessment approach, one form of assessment often gets overlooked, miss categorized, and/or defined incorrectly. And yet it can be one of the most powerful forms of assessment available to educators, and that’s formative assessment. Assessment in general gets a lot […]

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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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