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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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  • Our ongoing Task Force Member Spotlight blog series has shined the light on member backgrounds and why they are participating in the National Task Force on Assessment Education. The Task Force was launched in October of 2015 and has over twenty members committed to being a collective voice and transforming force that elevates the national […]

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  • Our ongoing Task Force Member Spotlight blog series has shined the light on member backgrounds and why they are participating in the National Task Force on Assessment Education. The Task Force was launched in October of 2015, and is designed to be a national voice on the need for assessment education. With two advisors and […]

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  • The National Task Force on Assessment Education published a definition of assessment literacy, in part to put the topic of assessment literacy into context for a variety of education stakeholders. We talked with Task Force member Dr. Kathryn Dewsbury-White, President and CEO of the Michigan Assessment Consortium, about writing the definition. What is the Task […]

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  • Back in the 1980s, my colleague Nancy Conklin and I completed and published (1992) a 10-year ethnography of classroom assessment practices. We discovered that teachers typically spend a quarter to a third of their available professional time engaged in assessment-related activities. It is a big part of instruction! We concluded that almost all of the […]

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  • Launched in October 2015, the National Task Force on Assessment Education is designed to be a national voice on the need to increase assessment education and literacy. With two advisors and 23 members from 17 states, including pre-service and in-service educators, the Task Force seeks to develop new assessment approaches that can be put into […]

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  • In order for states to close the achievement gap and ensure the success of all students, every state will need teachers who can interpret assessment results and take action based on accurate assessment data. Evidence strongly supports the need for teachers who are assessment literate, yet few colleges of education or K12 school districts provide […]

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  • Student assessment data has many utilities – it helps to describe the effectiveness of a school in terms of moving students forward, it offers great information to help guide the work of teachers and administrators, and it serves as an important early warning system for at-risk kids. How could something as simple as a chart […]

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