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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 […]


Measuring Growth in PE: IDEAS for Overcoming Roadblocks

Assessments should be an authentic reflection of the learning happening is the classroom. Physical Education (PE) is no exception.  In a performance-based course such as PE, the assessments should be performance-based in nature. There are, of course, instances in which the variability of teaching and curriculum makes the assessment types we see look different. Roadblocks […]


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


Writing Better Multiple Choice: Pitfalls and Solutions

  The multiple choice question, also known as the selected response or forced choice is an important element of any teacher’s assessment toolbox. Quality assessment hinges on appropriate question format, often which includes the multiple choice question. Multiple Choice Question Anatomy In most forced choice questions, there will be a question, several options (typically 4) one […]


How do I know assessments are comparable for measuring growth?

Data points must be similar in order to be comparable. Consider this example:  Would you easily be able to tell someone how much weight you lost by using one scale with pounds and a few weeks later, taking a body fat test?  Yes, I could be done…but it would require conversions and leads to imprecision. […]