A targeted question during a lesson, an end of unit quiz, fall and spring benchmarks, the computer-based state tests – we experience assessments in a variety of formats.
What goes into developing a quality assessment? How do you know that the tool you’re using is going to give you the information you need in practical terms that you’ll be able to communicate to students, colleagues and others?
To choose the right assessment, it’s important to know what questions you are trying to answer. Equally important is knowing *how* the assessment will get to those answers. From in-the-moment verbal feedback to technology-enhanced test items, modern assessment leverages a wide variety of techniques to surface evidence of student learning.
The linkage between assessment and curriculum is one of the most important connections in education. If the knowledge and skills that students are supposed to learn is unclear, how can it possibly be measured, with quality, by an assessment?
Building high-quality student assessments is informed by two main goals.