Assessing for Deeper Learning 2018-02-23T15:32:18+00:00

Assessing for Deeper Learning

10 Principles for Building a High-Quality System Of Assessments

Measuring student readiness for postsecondary education, career, and life requires assessments that go beyond content knowledge and enable students to demonstrate deeper learning skills. No single assessment or piece of student work can capture the array of student knowledge and skills needed for success, however, a system of assessments can provide information about what students know and can do.

A high-quality system of assessments measures student mastery of deeper learning skills and academic content knowledge by combining one or more of the following assessment styles:

  1. Performance items or tasks as part of traditional “sit-down” tests;
  2. Curriculum-embedded tasks carried out in the classroom during the school year;
  3. Portfolios or collections of evidence that display a broad set of competencies;
  4. A combination of traditional sit-down tests, curriculum-embedded tasks, and portfolios and exhibitions leading to a student defense.

Assessment systems can empower…

Teachers and Leaders

Teachers and Leaders

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To make informed decisions on instruction, learning strategies, and support for each individual student.

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Students and Families

Students and Families

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To advance students’ own learning and help families make the best decisions to support their child’s educational trajectory towards success in college, career, and life.

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Policymakers and Stakeholders

Policymakers and Stakeholders

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To identify and advocate for district-, state-, or nation-wide policies and programs that are advancing student outcomes.

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10 PRINCIPLES

for Building a High-Quality System of Assessments

State and district leaders at the forefront of designing, implementing, and overseeing assessment efforts can use these ten principles as guidance as they evolve the current array of assessments into a high-quality system of assessments.

A high-quality system of assessments should …

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Capture the array of knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for college and career readiness (i.e., deeper learning)

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Balance assessment of learning with assessment for and as learning through a comprehensive set of tasks and measures

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Advance equity and be inclusive of and accessible to all students

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Build educator and school capacity for designing and using assessments

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Align assessments to support learning and avoid duplication of testing

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Convey clear, coherent, and continuous data on student learning

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Include meaningful, ongoing input and collaboration from local communities and diverse stakeholders in the development and continuous improvement of the system

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Encourage cycles of review, calibration, and continuous improvement of assessments individually and as a collective system

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Employ high standards of coherence, validity, reliability, and fairness

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Protect data privacy

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10 PRINCIPLES FOR BUILDING A HIGH-QUALITY SYSTEM OF ASSESSMENTS

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Assessment Resources

Creating Systems of Assessment for Deeper Learning

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
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Assessing Learning

Jobs for the Future
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Performance Counts: Assessment Systems that Support High-Quality Learning

Council of Chief State School Officers
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