Not too many English teachers can say that magical moments occur while grading essays; yet, one of my most magical teaching moments occurred while I sat reading through students’ unit reflections this past weekend, and assessment literacy is to thank for this moment of sheer educator bliss. Before I explain this coveted unicorn teaching moment, […]CONTINUE READING →
I teach assessment literacy in a graduate program (Masters of Science in Advanced Teaching Practices) designed specifically for classroom teachers to gain assessment knowledge and performance skills. It sounds pretty straight forward. The learning outcomes (also known as learning targets or goals) are clear–or at least I think they are! These are to gain knowledge, […]CONTINUE READING →
Growth vs. Proficiency is a hot topic in education and in assessment circles. But that topic of growth extends beyond academic growth for our students. Growth is important for the educators serving those students as well. One area of critical importance that educators need to be mindful of is in the area of assessment literacy. […]CONTINUE READING →
As practicing classroom teachers, we discuss differentiating instruction to meet the needs of each unique learner, but when was the last time you had a conversation about differentiating assessment? Stop. Think for a minute about that concept. What does differentiating assessment mean for you and for your students? The concept came up in a course […]CONTINUE READING →
So we all know we need to use data to drive instruction in our classrooms, but what exactly does that look like? For most of us, when we hear the word “data” we immediately picture long and detailed reports, numbers written in small print and the overwhelming task of trying to make sense of it […]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.