Assessment Data'S ARCHIVE

  • 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 […]

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  • To say education today relies heavily on assessment data would be an understatement.   Data-driven instruction, rigor and differentiation are the hottest buzz words in the field right now, and rightfully so.  We know that a one-size-fits-all model cannot and will not work for 21st century learners, but then the question becomes what and how should we […]

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  • Our mantra here at AssessmentLiteracy.org is just that – making sense of assessments and understanding and interpreting the data to help improve student learning. While data literacy is certainly important when it comes to statistical analysis and psychometrics, for teachers, assessment data can often become cumbersome to parse and connect back to instructional strategies. Understanding […]

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  • Interim assessments offer many advantages, including the ability to gather and compare data that’s collected over time—both within a single year and over the course of multiple years. An interim assessment that provides accurate longitudinal data benefits students, teachers, and administrators in different ways, but chief among them is the ability to make meaningful comparisons. […]

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  • Here at AssessmentLiteracy.org, our goal is to foster a comprehensive understanding of assessment and its role in learning. We want to help educators understand the different uses of assessment and how to apply assessment data to support classroom learning. This is certainly no easy task for teachers, who today are charged with not only teaching, […]

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  • When it comes to assessment data, there is a need to distill the information to observe trends and patterns in learning. In fact, this is right where data literacy and assessment literacy come together. Often, assessment data bogs teachers down when they are trying to connect it back to instructional strategies. Since time is of […]

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  • What can we as educators do to help ourselves and other stakeholders make assessment data actionable? From my perspective, there are four things we can do to become more data-oriented: Be intentional when it comes to using data Embed data into everything we do Model the use of data whenever (and wherever) it is feasible […]

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  • While formative assessment can provide the day-to-day, minute-by-minute data teachers need to make in-the-moment adjustments to teaching, there is still a need for interim assessments. These assessments are taken at intervals throughout the year – every five to nine weeks or so – to evaluate student knowledge and skills relative to a specific set of […]

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  • As we talk about understanding assessments and learning to apply data to classroom instruction, one way to use assessment data is for differentiation. Differentiation for educators is tailoring classroom instruction to meet diverse student needs. Sounds difficult, right? In her book So What Do They Really Know: Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning, Cris Tovani […]

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  • There are couple of great resources available at Data Quality Campaign that may be worth your time, both helping educators answer the question ‘What is student data?’. There’s a video and nicely developed infographic that show the many different types of student data – beyond test scores – that can help form a complete picture […]

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