Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • The start of the school year is an exciting time.  Everyone is refreshed, renewed and excited.  It is important to take advantage of this enthusiasm and put plans in place that last the entire year. Then, when February hits, you won’t be trying to create an assessment plan when you are tired and exhausted. Start […]

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  • “The school’s best ally in the task of nurturing a student’s innate ‘urge to learn’ is, first and foremost, the parents.” -Bernie Poole   Bus drivers have practiced their routes, kitchen ladies have laid in supplies for meals, teachers have set up their rooms creating beautiful bulletin boards and welcoming spaces, school office staff have […]

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  • Student empowerment is an important movement in education, and is of especially great interest in student assessment circles. In the state of Oregon, raising the level of student empowerment has even resulted in legislation for a Student Assessment Bill of Rights. Oregon House Bill 2655, which was moved into law in 2015, states that students […]

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  • In an earlier blog post – Assessment Literacy in the Education Ecosystem – An Opportunity to Leverage ESSA – we shared how assessment literacy plays an important holistic role across stakeholders. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states and districts an opportunity to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that stakeholders […]

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  • In an effort to address the need for assessment-literate educators in a positive way, the National Task Force on Assessment Education was launched in October 2015. The Task Force is comprised of three advisors and 24 educators from 17 states, including pre-service and in-service educators, assessment experts and thought leaders. The goal of the Task […]

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  • Every educator, from federal, state, district, and school leaders, to classroom teachers and parents, plays an important part in creating assessment systems that support student learning. Principals provide leadership, and in collaboration with teachers, can powerfully impact the assessment environment in their schools. In a recent blog post, we shared insights from an article in […]

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  • It’s common knowledge that the word assessment conjures up negative thoughts but for those educators who truly understand assessment, they see assessment as an important part of their job as educator. For principals, this is especially true. Three members of The National Task Force on Assessment Education recently penned an article in Principal Leadership that […]

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  • Given the important role that assessment plays in the classroom, at the school and district level, and at the state and federal level, it still amazes many how little educators really know about them. In a recent ASCD article – All About Accountability / Needed: A Does of Assessment Literacy – W. James Popham stated, […]

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  • What is a norm? An educational norm is simply a picture of the typical level of performance for any given group of students based on characteristics such as age range, grade level, or geographic area. Interim assessments that provide high-quality norms allow educators to see their students’ learning in a wider context. Norms help educators […]

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  • Formative assessment is the heart of the classroom.  It’s the moment-to-moment information coming at a teacher that allows them to make key decisions and changes within a lesson or unit.  It’s the tool that allows teachers to see their students’ learning and to make decisions about where to go next. There are an abundance of […]

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