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 →
I’ve been a physics teacher for 21 wonderful years and have learned a lot from my students, my experiences, my colleagues and educational research. The concept of a learning target and understanding a purpose prior to learning was a new one for me when I was a new teacher – my experience in high school […]CONTINUE READING →
This blog post was co-authored by Dr. Stephanie Rosch and Chadwick Anderson. Student Agency. It’s a buzz word heard everywhere educators gather these days and rightly so. Education is not a thing to be done to students, it’s a thing to be done with students. Creating opportunities for students to own their individual learning trajectories […]CONTINUE READING →
Students (practicing classroom teachers) in the Advanced Assessment Literacy Specialization – Masters of Science in Advanced Teaching Practices – share their thoughts on the issue of time. Their professor posed these questions: How do you make time for the effective use of formative assessment for learning? Why do you? How can you convince other teachers that […]CONTINUE READING →
“Engagement cannot exist without opportunities to decide.” (Smith, Frey, Pumpian, & Fisher, 2017) As you begin a new year, here is a question for you to ponder: What specifically are you doing to engage your students in knowing what they know and what is next in their learning progression? Are you starting the year by […]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.