The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states and districts an opportunity to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that stakeholders in the education ecosystem are assessment literate. By explicitly incorporating training and professional development that supports assessment literacy into state ESSA applications, states can enhance student learning by leveraging funds to […]CONTINUE READING →
If school leaders understand sound assessment practice, then they can make sound curriculum and instructional decisions. If a teacher understands sound assessment practice, then they are able to meet the diverse needs of all students. If an assessment system motivates all students to achieve success, then school improvement will occur. The importance of assessment literacy […]CONTINUE READING →
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 […]CONTINUE READING →
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 […]CONTINUE READING →
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 […]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.