Posted: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:35am Updated: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 9:41am

What is an Assessment Literate Individual?

Assessment literacy includes three big ideas: What someone knows  about assessment, what someone believes about assessment, and what someone does  with assessment.

An  Assessment  Literate  Individual:

  • Understands the types and purposes of assessment;
  • Believes that assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning;
  • Utilizes data to drive informed decision-making for the success of every child.

Who should be Assessment Literate?

A wide variety of stakeholders should understand key aspects of assessment for informed decision-making. These stakeholders include:

Students Parents Educators Community Members Voters Policy-Makers

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Community Members
  • Voters
  • Policy-Makers

Each role has an important part in assessment: from participating in assessment, to creating assessments, to understanding and using assessment data for important decision-making.

Why is Assessment Literacy Important?

Student Success Curriculum Assessment InstructionStudent success depends on three essential pieces: curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Curriculum is the plan for learning, and instruction is the process of learning. Assessment is the gathering of evidence to promote informed decision-making. Without data to inform educational decisions, decisions can turn into guess work or can be less effective. Assessment supports strong curriculum and instruction by providing data to show what strategies are successful and by helping educators target instruction to specific student needs. That targeted instruction increases student growth and success.

What Resources are Available to Promote Assessment Literacy?

The resources below are developed for a wide variety of audiences and target key areas of assessment literacy.

Resource

Description

Why Is it Important to Assess?

Why do we assess students? What can different stakeholders take away from assessment data? This resource explains the purpose of assessment and how it encourages informed decision-making by many parties.

What is a Standards-Based, Computer-Adaptive Assessment?

What is a Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT)? How does a CAT measure academic standards and provide actionable data? This resource answers common questions about CAT testing and illustrates Indiana’s CAT algorithm.

Assessment Development Practices

How are strong summative assessments created? This infographic describes the processes used to create state-wide assessments and how those processes can be integrated into the development of classroom assessments.

Targeting Student Needs using Formative Assessment I

What is formative assessment and how does it relate to daily classroom instruction? These resources define formative assessment and provides examples of teachers using formative strategies in the classroom.

Targeting Student Needs using Formative Assessment II

How can I implement a balanced system of assessment in my classroom? What are specific strategies that will strengthen student growth? These resources provide examples of formative strategies implemented to increase student growth.

Strategies for Formative Assessment

  • Recorded Training (Coming July 2018)

What does formative assessment look like in the classroom? This resource provides examples of formative strategies for immediate feedback.

Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment in the Classroom

How can I use data to increase student growth? This infographic defines questions to ask from formative and summative data.