Posted: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:35am Updated: Thu, 02/04/2021 - 3:52pm

Who should be assessment literate?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.

Inform action by removing “guess-work”Assessment is a vital part of teaching and learning. When used as intended, assessments:

  • Inform action by removing “guess-work”
  • Support curricular and instructional improvements
  • Support student learning


Assessment Literacy Videos

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.



Statewide Assessment: The Truth Revealed

Learn about statewide assessments (including federal requirements), how educators are involved in the test development process, what resources are available, how the results of these assessments are used, and more.  


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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.

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.

Formative Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

What does formative assessment look like in a classroom for students with significant cognitive disabilities? This training provides teachers with support in collecting data to inform action for specific student populations.

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.