Assessment'S ARCHIVE

  • The importance of assessment literacy cannot be understated. Assessment literate educators are informed, reflective, and proactive practitioners of learning for students. In our last blog, we shared The National Task Force on Assessment Education’s definition of assessment literacy. To recap: Assessment is the process of gathering information about student learning to inform education-related decisions. Assessments […]

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  • When educators are assessment literate, they are informed, reflective, and proactive practitioners. Educators in classrooms actively seek out evidence of student misunderstanding to address during the course of instruction; all educators actively seek out evidence of student needs to inform educational practice and policy.  All educators regard both formal and informal assessment as means to […]

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  • One of the toughest challenges and greatest rewards in teaching is assessment.  If you think back through highlights of your experience as a student, assessments probably stand out—whether the tough assignment that you nailed, the project that opened your eyes to new perspectives and interests, or on the negative side, the ones you bombed or […]

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  • Assessment is a process of gathering information and using it to inform decisions. Educators use assessment processes and data every day to make decisions that affect the lives of students and their families. This means that assessment literacy for educators, parents and students across the education system is an issue of equity. Effective teachers are constantly […]

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  • While nuances abound, our mantra is simple: Assessment literacy is critical for improving student learning. This means… Assessment must serve an instructional role: The role of assessment must be expanded to serve as a teaching and learning tool used in the service of greater and broader student learning success. Schools can use quality assessment practices […]

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  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states and districts a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that stakeholders in their education ecosystem are assessment literate. Why is this important? Assessment literate educational leaders have an opportunity to do two very important things: They can rest easy knowing that […]

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  • ESSA and Assessment Literacy: Serving the Education Ecosystem ESSA and Assessment Literacy: Serving the Education Ecosystem is a guiding document written by the National Task Force on Assessment Education to help policymakers at all levels understand how to leverage provisions in ESSA to promote assessment literacy in their ESSA plans. Access and utilize this document as […]

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  • Our partner NWEA recently released their new National Agenda to promote their work in policy and advocacy on behalf of all students. NWEA’s Policy & Advocacy work is focused on building strong partnerships with education stakeholders and leading national efforts that ignite positive change to local, state, and national systems. The third item on the […]

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  • The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results come out this month. In fact, every three years PISA results are announced. This international assessment measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy. The world starts talking about which of the 70 countries are doing well in what content areas and asks questions about those who […]

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  • AssessmentLiteracy.org is part of a major assessment literacy initiative sponsored by NWEA to help advance teacher education and professional learning in the effective use of assessments. The site, and this blog, feature content developed by assessment experts and educators from around the country, NWEA team members, and the National Task Force on Assessment Education. While […]

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