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Assessment Literacy: Teachers & Students

Assessment literacy is important for teachers—but it’s even more vital for students.

Student growth measures and assessments are a key tool for today’s educators. Along with content knowledge and classroom management skills, 21st-century teachers are expected to know how to understand and implement assessment of student skills.

Assessment Literacy and Teachers

In most states, assessment literacy is an absolute must. State guidelines expect teachers to meet specific assessment standards as a part of regular professional practice. W. James Popham calls assessment literacy a “sine qua non for today’s competent educator.”1
Training for educators is part of effective assessment literacy. No one is born knowing how to administer these assessments or understand the resulting metrics. Teachers must be able to:

  • Understand and apply assessment terms and procedures in a classroom environment
  • Act ethically when collecting assessment data points and managing the resulting information
  • Communicate findings and resultant educational strategies/decisions to parents, students, and school administration
  • Select appropriate assessments for individual situations and needs.

Assessment Literacy and Student Success

Assessment literacy is important for teachers—but it’s even more vital for students. A deeper understanding of student performance is a key component of effective teaching, and practical student growth measures can help educators achieve that understanding. The better you understand where your students are and how they’re growing, the more effectively you can guide them as they learn.
Assessing alone isn’t enough. Assessment literate teachers are those who know how to use assessment as a teaching tool to improve learning for their students. Teachers need to interpret data and make useful teaching modifications based on assessment results for assessment practices to be worthwhile. From assessment development and design to results-based instructional strategy, educators must understand the importance of proper assessment for student advancement.

Training for Educators

Align, Assess, Achieve offers incisive training methods for individual assessment literacy techniques and for more inclusive teacher training needs. Our Assessment Literacy two day workshop teaches instructors and other attendees to effectively implement and interpret a variety of assessment literacy strategies. Our Common Core professional training options help teachers and administrators design, implement, and assess an instructional strategy that maximizes student growth, achievement, and sense of success.

Additional Resources & Works Cited

1. Popham, W. James. "Assessment Literacy for Teachers: Faddish or Fundamental?." Theory Into Practice. 48.1 (2009): 4-11.


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