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 →
First and foremost, I believe that my assessment practice should not harm the students that I am trying to teach. This is an idea that I had not thought much about before, but now believe that it is essential, especially in helping at-risk learners. “The reality is that when assessment is done poorly, students are […]CONTINUE READING →
My colleague, Melissa Spadin, of San Diego County Schools, and I recently presented a webinar to PTA parents in Wisconsin. We were talking with them about assessment literacy and about the important role that parents, and especially students, play in a strong assessment system. For far too long, education has been something done to and […]CONTINUE READING →
In our last blog post, we laid out the first three of seven steps that go into creating a growth assessment that works. Assessment results and data all too often do not tell the whole story, but when an assessment truly works we can actually see student growth and teachers can set goals and guide […]CONTINUE READING →
Assessment results and data too often don’t tell the whole story. According to some measures, up to 70% of students are not achieving proficiency on today’s summative tests. If that’s true, then the first step in fixing it is for teachers to know those students’ starting points in order to set goals and guide their […]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.