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Thoughts From the Road: Assessment Literacy

It was so gratifying to see so many enthusiastic teachers working to ensure their students & colleagues have valid, reliable assessments.

Our Assessment Literacy Blueprint has been a real hit every time we use it. The blueprint serves as a planning tool and rational for instructional decisions. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of working with a group dedicated high school teachers, really digging into the question of what makes an assessment valid and reliable.

Most of the teachers are on their districts’ Student Learning Objectives committee, and needed to approve not only the SLOs but the corresponding assessments for Student Growth Measures. As we know, those growth measures are only as good at the assessments they are based on.

ALL of the teachers not only believed that every assessment should meet standards of quality, they wrestled with how to ensure their colleagues’ assessments meet the standards of quality. Research indicates that 48% of teachers have had no formal training on assessment design and Students report a higher level of test anxiety over teacher made tests (64%) than over standardized tests (30%). The top three reasons why: poor test construction, irrelevant or obscure material coverage, and unclear directions.1

It was so gratifying to see so many enthusiastic teachers working to ensure their students & colleagues have valid, reliable assessments. Thank you Northeast Ohio, groups like yours are the reason I have been able to remain so passionate about classroom assessment practices over the last 12 years that I have worked with educators!

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