Assessment Basics

Right now, about four million kids across the country are getting ready to go back to school as ninth graders. The transition from middle school to high school is a big deal for the student, the student’s family, and for sending and receiving teachers. Research strongly suggests that ninth-grade grades...

In our previous blog, we began highlighting seven things that assessment-literate educators need to do when creating high-quality assessments. Let’s recap the first three: 1. Assessment-literate educators create and/or select assessments that balance formative and summative purposes to meet the information needs of all stakeholders, including students. 2. Assessment-literate educators establish clear...

Back in October one of our partners, NWEA, published a blog by April Roethel titled Today’s Educators and Goldilocks – Making Tough Decisions for Positive Outcomes, that’s worth sharing. In her post, April makes a connection between Goldilocks and today’s educators and in particular, their need to make difficult decisions...

Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law in December 2015, the role of assessments in accountability systems have been hot topics. ESSA provides more flexibility to states in designing accountability systems and creating more balanced systems of assessment. In light of this dialogue, it seems like the right...