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Assessment Quality

Teachers are making critical decisions about instruction…hopefully driven by student quality assessments results. The underlying concern:   If the assessment is not high quality, can we make useful instructional changes as a result?   Criteria can be used by assessment developers, policymakers, and educators as they work to create and adopt assessments that promote deeper learning […]


Challenge vs Threat Mindsets

We are at an intersection:  An educator-evaluator meeting is about to begin.  The teacher walks slowly down the hall to the administrator’s office.  The teacher’s mind is running:  lesson plans, student successes, students acting out, unfinished grading, parents to call, curriculum to review!  Attitude, perception and creativity hang in a balance as the teacher appraises […]


Common Student Growth Questions

These are some questions/concerns teachers have been frequently asking.  Hopefully these answers can help you get on the right track. Printable Download Q: What is student growth? Student growth is a demonstrable change in the knowledge and skills of a student or a group of students, as evidenced by gain and/or attainment on two or more […]


The Formative

The role formative assessment is often unclear in classrooms.  Misunderstandings about assessment types, grades, and achieving mastery has muddied the waters of the formative assessments. FORmatives… FOR what purpose? FOR who? FOR what now?   Clearing Up Definitions The Formative Assessment is an assessment for learning.  (Ainsworth & Viegut, 2006, Bailey & Jakicic, 2012) It occurs […]


Differentiated Goal Writing: Tiered Targets

Approaches to Writing Differentiated Goals Student Growth Goals (also referred to as Growth Targets) are detailed, measurable goals for student learning and growth developed collaboratively by educators and their evaluators.  They are based on student learning needs identified by a review of students’ baseline skills.  The goals are aligned to course standards and measure learning […]


Assessment Validity Checklist

Once the assessment draft is created, there are often questions of assessment quality and validity. Download our assessment checklist to help you write a valid questions leading to a high quality assessment.     Click Here To Download