Assessment Objectives

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...

As the school year comes to an end, we have an opportunity to reflect on our teaching, our assessment, and our learning. In this post, Scott Reed, a teacher at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, shares how he incorporated student-designed questions in his classroom and engaged students in...

How do you choose the right assessment? The answer depends on 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...

Earlier this year, Andrew Miller continued his praise of formative assessment in an Edutopia post – Formative Assessment is Transformational. He discussed grading transformation, where “formative assessment leads to more equitable and fair grading practices.” He touched on teaching transformation, where “working smarter, not harder” is one of the natural...

In the recently released PDK/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools, results included a review of American attitudes toward assessment. The poll found that 64% of Americans said that there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in the public schools. The poll also found that Americans...