How do you choose the right assessment? The answer depends on what questions you are trying to answer. Equally important is knowing how the assessment will get to those answers. From in-the-moment verbal feedback to technology-enhanced test items, modern assessment leverages a wide variety of techniques to surface evidence of student learning. Here are five assessment […]CONTINUE READING →
Giving students the chance to reflect on what they are learning, what their strengths are and what their challenges are, can help boost their confidence and improve their performance. This time of the school year, known as the testing season, provides the opportunity for teachers to do just that – provide students with the opportunity […]CONTINUE READING →
It’s testing season, no doubt about it. That time of year when teachers and students are fully immersed in assessments meant to measure student growth over the course of the school year and from year to year. Teaching is a stressful job even on the best of days. But during testing season, the pressure and […]CONTINUE READING →
In my blog series on the foundations of formative assessment, I’ve blogged on key components and the need for gap analysis, as well as the need for communication of assessment results. In this final post in the series, I’ll share some keys to effective communication. The first key to effective communication lies in how teachers […]CONTINUE READING →
In last week’s blog post – The Foundation of Formative Assessment Post One – I discussed the components that make up the successful use of formative assessment practice in the classroom, including the need for gap analysis. In today’s post I want to discuss the need for communication of assessment results. In order to communicate […]CONTINUE READING →
In the current K12 education environment, student assessment data is used to make important decisions every day. Understanding assessments and data literacy are thus essential for all education stakeholders, from teachers and parents to administrators and policymakers.
Assessment education has not been a consistent part of pre-service teacher preparation. Yet teachers are expected to understand assessment tools, administer tests, interpret the results, and apply this data to improve student outcomes.
AssessmentLiteracy.org is designed to promote learning, discussion and engagement about assessments. The purpose is to help educators understand different assessment methods, how to appropriately match tests to their objectives, and how to integrate assessment data into classroom instruction. The vision for the site is to be an assessment resource for teachers to support improved assessment practice - with the ultimate goal of improving the way students learn.