Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • 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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  • Building high-quality student assessments is informed by two main goals.

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  • Bruce Wellman talks about assessment literacy and how it is related to specific audiences: teachers, parents, students.

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  • Rick Stiggins has been leading the conversation about the importance of assessment literacy and assessment for learning for over two decades. As a champion of this site, we thought it was important to share Rick’s vision for a new assessment landscape in education: one that treats students as important stakeholders in the assessment process and focuses on the effective use of quality assessments to drive learning.

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  • Noted author, speaker and former classroom teacher Bruce Wellman emphasizes how there are several questions that frame the conversation about assessment, and those questions vary based upon your role in education. For teachers, Wellman suggests that assessment literacy may be a matter of knowing what to do with what you learn about students. Assessments can […]

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