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Developing Quality Assessments
TLC Educational Solutions Strategy-based Professional Development workshops are specifically designed to provide the skills needed to teach and interact with today’s students. Educators are challenged to analyze assessment data and provide learning experiences to meet the needs of individual students. Whether at an On-Site Workshop or Invitational Seminar, we provide teachers and administrators with assessment strategies aligned to PreK-12 College and Career Readiness Standards. Analysis of data can only be as accurate as the assessment itself. Assessing with Quality Assessments provides data that results in reliable information and a fair measure of student learning.
Selecting Assessment Types to Accurately Measure Skills and Understandings.
The assessment types available for determining what a student knows, understands, and is able to do has expanded greatly over the past few years. The question is, “Which type of assessment do I use to accurately gain information to support my purpose, my goals?” The overview of the Quality Criteria of Assessment and Assessment Types moves the teacher and administrator on the road to developing and/or selecting reliable measures to meet specific goals.
Developing Selected Response, and Constructed Items
All assessments involve some sort of selected response or constructed response process. Specific criterion exist for each type of assessment to assure it is an accurate measure of student knowledge and skill. Understanding how to design or select specific assessment items that result in high quality assessments allows teachers to have accurate information to monitor and adjust instruction and provides support for fair grading practices.
Supporting Performance Assessments with Student-Friendly Rubrics and Scoring Rubrics
Recognizing the value of Performance Assessments is the first step toward developing authentic experiences that measure the ability of students to apply their learning. The reliability and fairness of these assessments lies in the selection of rubric design and development of rubrics. Both scoring rubrics and student friendly rubrics have a specific place in the learning process.
Assuring Universal Design and Removing Bias and Sensitive Issues in Assessment
Whether assessments measure what is intended, whether we provide fair assessments, is greatly impacted by the design features and absence of bias and unintentionally built in sensitive issues. An approach to systemic consideration for diverse student needs, from vision to impactful life experiences, makes a big difference in all measures of student learning and performance.
Raising Cognitive Demand and Rigor.
In education we recognize that instructional strategies are a key to raising the cognitive demand and rigor of student learning. Gaining skill in designing assessment items to raise cognitive demand without raising the difficulty level allows all students to gain more from their assessment experiences.
Embedding components that reflect the level of confidence the student has in their answers, and their skill level makes that assessment a much more powerful tool in the learning process.
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