Assessments. Coherent Comprehensive Continuous. Goals for Today. Make connections to previous professional learning (both ALCA and any other learning opportunities) Expand professional v ocabulary and deepen understanding focused on assessments
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The National Research Council defines a quality assessment system as one that is:
The design and choice of benchmark assessments is driven by the purpose, intended users, and uses of the instruments.
Benchmark assessment is one component of a comprehensive assessment system
that provides the important data needed by teachers or administrators to serve district, school, and classroom improvement needs.
Typically uniform in timing and content across classrooms and schools, benchmark assessments provide results that can be aggregated at the classroom, grade, school and district levels.
It can promote action to accelerate progress toward annual goals and provide more immediate information that can be used to help plan and guide subsequent instruction at the school and classroom level.
Constructed response items, such as essays, extended multi-part questions, portfolios, or even experiments, can provide important windows into students’ thinking and understanding.
Careful planning and consideration of the following topics is helpful in getting benchmark assessment systems in place:
Understand the significance of the phrase “The Continuum of Assessment”.