Catherine Crenshaw, 4th Grade Teacher, Beaverton, Oregon. Every year, I have that one student who for some reason stands out instantly from all the rest. After 22 years as an elementary general education teacher, I’ve not only come to expect this, I start looking for that child immediately. This year, when all the other third […]CONTINUE READING →
Heather Anderson, Interventionist and Instructional Coach at Juniper Elementary, Bend, Oregon, 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year The beginning of the year is always an exciting time. New students, new hopes, new dreams. Building relationships is a key component to the new school year and essential to student success. I believe that taking time in the beginning of […]CONTINUE READING →
By Judy Harris with contribution from Beau Canfield, Special Education Teacher, Central Point School District, Central Point, OR The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can write that chapter by setting goals. ~ Melody Beattie, author. As October rolls in, the tempo in the school […]CONTINUE READING →
September has nearly come and gone. Students are back in school, settling down into their daily routines, and taking on new challenges with the new school year. During September, this blog focused on the role a parent plays in student assessment, a big one to be sure. The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) understands that […]CONTINUE READING →
I’ve been working on an article for PTA magazine about how to make the most of parent-teacher conferences. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on it I received an email from one of my son’s teachers. The email let me (and all of the other students’ parents and guardians) know that the class […]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.