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Assessment
Literacy Standards
A National Imperative

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“Assessment literacy is the
      set of beliefs, knowledge
      and practices about
      assessment that lead a
      teacher, administrator,
      policymaker, or students
      and their families, to use
      assessment to improve
      student learning and
      achievement.”

                                 Michigan Assessment Consortium. (2017). Assessment Literacy Standards.
                                 Mason, MI : Michigan Assessment Consortium.

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Purpose
Student assessment has become increasingly important to educators, students,
their families, and the public. Yet, despite the link between instruction and
assessment—and the proliferation of large-scale and classroom assessment
programs—most of those affected by student assessment (students, their
families, teachers, school administrators, and local and state policymakers)
may not understand the assessment tools and strategies used, their pur-
poses, the types of assessment that can best match purposes for assess-
ment, and the strengths and shortcomings of the various types of measures.
They are also not prepared to use the results from these assessments to
benefit students—to improve their learning and their achievement.
Because of these issues, the Michigan Assess-       achievement and educational accomplishment,
ment Consortium (MAC) has undertaken an             as well as to guide improved learning, is criti-
effort to create “Assessment Literacy Stan-         cal. Understanding what assessment can and
dards” for various individuals who are affected     cannot accomplish is important to ensure that
by student assessments. Assessment literacy         such information is used in the most positive
standards for students and their families, teach-   and accurate manner possible.
ers, administrators and policymakers will serve
                                                    The standards are not intended to be technical
as the foundation from which the field comes
                                                    in nature, nor should the standards be di-
to understand what assessment literacy means
                                                    vorced from consideration of the various ways
and the role and purpose of comprehensive,
                                                    in which teachers instruct and students learn
balanced, quality assessment systems. This set
                                                    in classrooms and elsewhere. The emphasis
of assessment literacy standards shows what
                                                    of the standards is on assessment for learn-
assessment literate students and their families,
                                                    ing. This includes student self-assessment and
teachers, administrators and policy makers
                                                    goal setting. Consequently, balance is a critical
value, know, and can do. The ultimate goal of
                                                    component of the standards: (a) Balance needs
the MAC is that the assessment literacy stan-
                                                    to exist between multiple measures, which
dards are used to inform policy and program
                                                    may include formative assessment strategies,        TABLE of contents
development and decisions regarding assess-                                                             Assessment Literacy
                                                    as well as interim and summative assessments,
ment practices, teacher preparation, adminis-                                                           Standards for:
                                                    and (b) Balance of multiple uses of assessments
trative certification, educator evaluation, and                                                         Elementary Students
                                                    such as diagnostic, placement, and progress,
school accreditation.                                                                                   and Their Families.................... 5
                                                    as well as users such as students and their
The purpose of the standards is driven by both      families, parents, educators and policymakers,      Secondary Students
                                                                                                        and Their Families.................... 6
the users and uses of assessment. Assessment        is critical to the effective use of assessment
                                                                                                        Teachers.................................... 8
literacy is essential in this era where important   results. It is the intention of the MAC that
decisions are being made about students,            accomplishing these standards will improve cur-     Building Administrators........ 10
educators, and educational systems based on         ricula, instruction, and assessment, all leading    District Administrators.......... 12
the data collected from students. Understand-       to improved student achievement.                    Policymakers........................... 14
ing the appropriate roles that student assess-                                                          Glossary.................................. 16
ment can play to determine levels of student                                                            Appendices............................. 18

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Assessment                          Development                                        Format and Use
Literacy Standards                  The standards are intended for long-term use       The Assessment Literacy Standards were written
                                    in the field of education as opposed to being a    for five groups of individuals:
                                    temporal topic that fades from importance with
                                                                                       ··   Students and Their Families
Local and State                     the rise of new issues. A number of documents
Policymakers                                                                           ··   Classroom Teachers
                                    were used in the development of the standards
                                                                                       ··   Building Administrators
                                    at the five levels. A list of these documents is
                                                                                       ··   District Administrators
                                    also included. One of these documents, Assess-
                                                                                       ··   Policymakers
                                    ment Literacy in Michigan Education (Roeber,
District
                                    2011), provided the basic multifaceted frame-      The standards for each group who are assess-
Administrators
                                    work of assessment literacy and was used to        ment literate are separated into Dispositions,
                                    align the standards for these groups. A brief      Knowledge, and Performance.
              Administrator         bibliography of resources is provided at the end
                                                                                       ·· Dispositions: standards address what
Building
              Certification         of the document.
                                                                                          the individuals who are assessment literate
Administrators
                                    After the standards were drafted, they were           believe regarding assessment.
                                    sent to various authors and experts in order to
                                                                                       ·· Knowledge: standards specify the particular
                                    solicit suggestions and support for the project.
              Pre-Service                                                                 vocabulary, processes and practices
              Teachers              Revisions based on the feedback were complet-
Teachers
                                                                                          that individuals who are assessment literate
                                    ed in the spring of 2013. A protocol for review
                                                                                          comprehend.
                                    of the standards by Michigan educators was
                                    created and posted on the MAC website. Board       ·· Performance: standards address the skills
                                    members of the MAC and others hosted review           and competencies for which individuals who
Students                            sessions to obtain additional suggestions to the      are assessment literate be proficient.
and Their
Families                            standards. Final revisions were made based on
                                                                                       A purposeful decision was made to include
                                    feedback received at the Michigan School Test-
                                                                                       all the relevant standards for each of the five
                                    ing Conference in February 2014.
                                                                                       groups, understanding that some redundancy
                                                                                       would result. It was considered critical to include
                                    Goals                                              all the standards for each group in order that
                                    There are two primary goals for developing the     the standards of any of the five groups could
                                    Assessment Literacy Standards:                     stand alone, and yet remain comprehensive. In
                                                                                       addition, understanding the standards for the
                                    1. Create a set of standards that provides the
                                                                                       different groups increases the overall under-
                                       dispositions, knowledge and skills various
                                                                                       standing for individuals within a group.
                                       parties who are assessment literate need to
                                       possess and use in order to maximize the        The Glossary and Appendices provide definitions
                                       benefits of student assessments, and reduce/    of the terms in the Assessment Literacy Standards
                                       eliminate the negative impacts or conse-        as a tool for greater understanding of the intent
                                       quences of assessment.                          and meaning of the standards.

                                    2. Develop and implement activities and materi- The Appendices provide useful reference mate-
                                       als that can be used to increase the knowl-     rial about assessment practices.
                                       edge and skills of assessment users: educa-
                                       tors, parents/guardians, and policymakers.
                                       The ultimate goal of this effort is to create a
                                       more assessment-literate population able to
                                       better use student assessments to improve
                                       student learning and achievement.

                                    The standards are intended for long-term use in the
                                    field of education as opposed to being a temporal
                                    topic that fades from importance with the rise of
                                    new issues.

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  Elementary
  Students and
  their families

Dispositions                                                        Performance
Elementary students and their families who                          Elementary students and their families who
are assessment literate believe that students:                      are assessment literate are able to:
A. Learn best when they know the targets for their learning.        A. Use feedback to improve their learning.
B. Learn from taking quality assessments.                           B. Use rubrics to look at their work and that of their peers.
C. Learn from effective feedback provided on their work from        C. Use assessment results to improve their achievement.
   their teachers.                                                  D. Use assessments and assessment feedback to improve their
D. Are responsible for their own learning.                             attitude toward learning.
E. Need to use assessment results to learn more.                    E. Explain their assessment results to their teachers and their
                                                                       parents/guardians.
Knowledge
                                                                    F. Keep track of their own learning over time.
Elementary students and their families who
are assessment literate know:
A. That there are different reasons for taking assessments.
B. That different types of assessments are used in the classroom.
C. That different types of assessments provide different types of
   information about what they know and can do.
D. How to use rubrics to assess their own work.
E. How to use assessment results to reflect on their learning
   and to set goals for future learning.

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                                                                                           Secondary
                                                                                           Students and
                                                                                           their families
    Dispositions                                                        Performance
    Secondary students and their families who are Secondary students and their families who are
    assessment literate believe that students:    assessment literate are able to:
    A. Learn best when they know the targets for their learning.        A. Use learning targets to understand the standards and to
    B. Learn from taking quality assessments.                              support their learning.

    C. Learn from effective feedback provided on their work from        B. Use feedback to decide on how to improve their achieve-
       their teachers.                                                     ment.

    D. Are responsible for their own learning.                          C. Use different protocols for looking at their work with peers
                                                                           and teachers.
    E. Can use self-monitoring to improve their achievement.
                                                                        D. Use assessment feedback to improve their attitudes, aspira-
    F. Need to use their own assessment results to learn more.
                                                                           tions, mindsets and achievement.

    Knowledge                                                           E. Interpret and explain their assessment results to their teachers
                                                                           and their parents/guardians.
    Secondary students and their families who are
                                                                        F. Use multiple sources of data over time to identify trends in
    assessment literate know:                                              their learning.
    A. That there are different reasons for taking assessments.
       1. Improving their achievement and learning
       2. Student accountability and grading
       3. Providing information that predicts their future perfor-
          mance/achievement
    B. That different types of assessments are used in the classroom.
       1. Selected response: Multiple-Choice, True-False, Matching
       2. Constructed response: Short or Extended Written Response
       3. Performance: Written responses, presentations or products
       4. Personal Communication: Observations and Interviews
    C. That different types of assessments provide different types of
       information about what they know and can do.
    D. How to use rubrics to assess their own work.
    E. That feedback can be descriptive vs. evaluative.
    F. How to use assessment results to reflect on their learning
       and to set goals for future learning.

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Assessment literacy standards
for students and their families,
teachers, administrators
and policymakers will serve as
the foundation from which
the field comes to understand
what assessment literacy means
and the role and purpose
of comprehensive, balanced,
quality assessment systems.

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      Teachers
    Dispositions                                                        Knowledge
    Teachers who are assessment literate believe:                       Teachers who are assessment literate know:
    A. All educators must be proficient in their understanding and      A. A balanced assessment system consists of both of the following:
       use of assessment.                                                  1. Different users have different assessment purposes.
    B. An effective assessment system must balance different               2. Different assessment purposes may require different
       purposes for different users and use varied methods of                 assessment methods.
       assessment and communication.                                    B. There are different purposes for student assessment:
    C. When assessment is done correctly, the resulting data can be        1. Student improvement
       used to make sound educational decisions.                           2. Instructional program improvement
                                                                           3. Student, teacher or system accountability
    D. Multiple measures can provide a more balanced picture of a
                                                                           4. Program evaluation
       student or a school.
                                                                           5. Prediction of future performance/achievement
    E. Quality assessments are a critical attribute of effective teach-
                                                                        C. The definitions of and uses for different types of assessments:
       ing and learning.
                                                                           1. Summative assessment
    F. Assessment results should be used to make instructional             2. Interim benchmark assessment
       decisions to improve student learning.                              3. Formative-assessment practices
    G. Clear learning targets, understood by students, are neces-          4. Criterion vs. norm-referenced assessment interpretations
       sary for learning and assessment.                                D. The differences between the types of assessment tools:
    H. Effective feedback is critical to support learning.                 1.   Achievement
    I. Students should be active partners in learning how to use           2.   Aptitude
       assessment results to improve their learning.                       3.   Diagnostic
                                                                           4.   Screening
    J. Students can use instructionally-sensitive assessment results
       to improve their learning.                                       E. The different types of assessment methods best matched to
                                                                           learning targets:
    K. Good classroom assessment and quality instruction are intri-
                                                                           1. Selected response: Multiple-choice, True-False, Matching
       cately linked to each other.
                                                                           2. Constructed response: Short or Extended Written Response
    L. Grading is an exercise in professional judgment, not just a         3. Performance: Written responses, presentations or products
       numerical, mechanical exercise.                                     4. Personal Communication: Observations and interviews
                                                                        F. Non-technical understanding of statistical concepts associ-
                                                                           ated with assessment:
                                                                           1. Measures of central tendency
                                                                           2. Measures of variability
                                                                           3. Reliability

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Knowledge continued                                                  PERFORMANCE continued
  4. Validity: A characteristic of the use of the assessment,        E. Implement the 5-step process for assessment development:
     not the assessment itself                                          1. Plan the assessment
  5. Bias/sensitivity                                                   2. Develop the assessment items
  6. Correlation vs. causation                                          3. Review and critique the assessment items
G. How to develop or select high quality assessments:                   4. Field test the items to see if they work
   1. Determine the purpose for assessing                               5. Review and revise the items
   2. Determine the standards or learning targets to be              F. Use assessment data within appropriate, ethical and legal
      assessed                                                          guidelines.
   3. Select the assessment methods appropriate to learning
                                                                     G. Use a variety of protocols for looking at and scoring student
      targets and assessment purpose(s)
                                                                        work.
   4. Design a test plan or blueprint that will permit confident
      conclusions about achievement                                  H. Accurately determine and communicate levels of proficiency.
   5. Select or construct the necessary assessment items and         I. Use assessment results to make appropriate instructional
      scoring tools where needed                                        decisions for individual students and groups of students.
   6. Field test the items in advance or review them before          J. Provide timely, descriptive and actionable feedback to stu-
      reporting the results                                             dents based on assessment results.
   7. Improve the assessment through review and analysis to
                                                                     K. Support student use of assessment feedback to improve
      eliminate bias and distortion
                                                                        attitudes, aspirations, mindsets and achievement.
   8. Assessments can be purchased or developed locally; each
      approach has advantages and challenges                         L. Use grading practices that result in grades that are accurate,
                                                                        consistent, meaningful and supportive of learning.
H. There are different ways to report results:
   1. Normative interpretations and                                  M. Use assessment results appropriately to modify instruction
   2. Criterion-referenced interpretations                              to improve student achievement.
I. What assessment data validly reflects a teacher’s effectiveness   N. Collaboratively analyze data and use data to improve
                                                                        instruction.
J. How to translate standards into clear learning targets that
   are written in student-friendly language and used as the          O. Use multiple sources of data over time to identify trends in
   basis for the everyday curriculum.                                   learning.
K. What assessment accommodations are available and when             P. Use data management systems to access and analyze data.
   to use them with students with disabilities and English           Q. Communicate effectively with students, parents/guardians,
   Language Learners.                                                   other teachers, administrators and community stakeholders
L. How to provide effective feedback from assessments suit-             about student learning.
   able for different audiences: descriptive vs.evaluative           R. Seek to increase their knowledge and skills in assessment.
M. How to use and create scoring tools (guides, rubrics, check-
   lists, scoring rules, standards)                                  Teachers who are assessment literate pro-
N. Sound grading and reporting practices                             mote the use of assessment data to improve
O. How to engage students in using their own assessment              student learning through the alignment of
   results for reflection and goal setting
                                                                     curriculum, instruction and assessment by:
Performance                                                          A. Implementing district-developed learning progressions
Teachers who are assessment literate are able to:                    B. Clearly explaining how to analylize and use asessment results.
A. Self-assess their work and model this for students.               C. Using assessment results, including subgroup performance,
B. Select and use various assessment methods appropriate to             to influence the classroom’s curriculum and instructional
   assessment purposes and learning targets.                            program.

C. Use learning targets aligned to the standards and under-          D. Using multiple sources of data over time to identify trends
   stood by students to guide instruction.                              in learning.

D. Use learning progressions to guide instruction and assessment.    E. Using assessment results to reflect on their own effectiveness.

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       Building
       administrators
     Dispositions                                                        Knowledge
     Building Administrators who are assessment                          Building Administrators who are assessment
     literate believe:                                                   literate know:
     A. All educators must be proficient in their understanding and      A. A balanced assessment system consists of both of the following:
        use of assessment.                                                  1. Different users have different assessment purposes
     B. An effective assessment system must balance different               2. Different assessment purposes may require different
        purposes for different users and use appropriate assessment            assessment methods
        methods to measure different learning targets.                   B. There are different purposes for student assessment:
     C. When assessment is done correctly, the resulting data can be        1. Student improvement
        used to make sound educational decisions.                           2. Instructional program improvement
                                                                            3. Student, teacher or system accountability
     D. Multiple measures can provide a more balanced picture of a
                                                                            4. Program evaluation
        student or a school.
                                                                            5. Prediction of future performance/achievement
     E. Quality assessments are a critical attribute of effective teach-
                                                                         C. The definitions of and uses for different types of assessments:
        ing and learning.
                                                                            1. Summative assessment
     F. Assessment results should be used to make instructional             2. Interim benchmark assessment
        decisions that impact learning.                                     3. Formative-assessment practices
     G. Clear learning targets, understood by students, are neces-          4. Criterion vs. norm-referenced assessment interpretations
        sary for learning and assessment.                                D. The differences between the types of assessment tools:
     H. Effective feedback is critical to support learning.                 1.   Achievement
     I. Students should be active partners in their learning and            2.   Aptitude
        assessment.                                                         3.   Diagnostic
                                                                            4.   Screening
     J. Students can use instructionally-sensitive assessment results to
        improve their learning.                                          E. The different types of assessment methods and when teachers
                                                                            should use each:
     K. Time and resources are needed to:
                                                                            1. Selected response: Multiple-choice, True-False, Matching
        1. Learn to select or develop assessments
                                                                            2. Constructed response: Short or Extended written response
        2. Administer assessments
                                                                            3. Performance: Written responses, presentations or products
        3. Use the assessment results appropriately
                                                                            4. Personal Communication: Observations and interviews
     L. Good classroom assessment and quality instruction are intri-
                                                                         F. Non-technical understanding of statistical concepts associ-
        cately linked to each other.
                                                                            ated with assessment:
     M. Grading is an exercise in professional judgment, not just a         1. Measures of central tendency
        numerical, mechanical exercise.                                     2. Measures of variability
     N. Appropriate, high-quality assessment practices should be
        used in all classrooms.

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Knowledge continued                                                   Building Administrators who are assessment
   3. Reliability                                                     literate promote a culture of appropriate
   4. Validity: a characteristic of the use of the assessment, not    assessment practice by:
      the assessment itself
                                                                      A. Promoting assessment literacy for self and staff through:
   5. Bias/sensitivity
                                                                         1. Professional Learning Communities
   6. Correlation vs. causation
                                                                         2. Targeted and Differentiated Professional Development
G. How to develop or select high quality assessments:                    3. Walk-throughs (data collection – goal setting)
   1. Determine the purpose for assessment                               4. Educator evaluation practices (i.e., program, teacher,
   2. Determine the standards or learning targets to be assessed            and administrator)
   3. Select the assessment methods appropriate to learning
                                                                      B. Providing time and support for staff to implement a bal-
      targets and assessment purpose(s)
                                                                         anced assessment system by providing opportunities to
   4. Design a test plan or blueprint that will permit confident
                                                                         develop skills in:
      conclusions about achievement
                                                                         1. Using instructionally embedded formative assessment
   5. Select or construct the necessary assessment items with
                                                                         2. Administering assessments
      scoring guides where needed
                                                                         3. Scoring/Analyzing results
   6. Field test the items in advance or review them before
                                                                         4. Developing instructional plans based on results
      reporting the results
                                                                         5. Developing school improvement plans based on results
   7. Improve the assessment through review and analysis to
      eliminate bias and distortion                                   C. Assuring that each and every staff member is:
   8. Assessments can be purchased or developed locally; each            1. A confident, competent master themselves of the targets
      approach has advantages and challenges                             2. Sufficiently assessment literate to assess their assigned tar-
                                                                            gets, productively in both formative and summative ways.
H. There are two ways to report results, and specific circum-
   stances when each is useful:                                       D. Holding building-level staff accountable for implementing.
   1. Normative interpretations and
   2. Criterion-referenced interpretations                            Building Administrators who are assessment
I. Assessment data that validly reflects a teacher’s effectiveness.   literate promote the use of assessment data to
Performance                                                           improve student learning through the alignment
Building Administrators who are assessment                            of curriculum, instruction and assessment by:
literate are able to:                                                 A. Implementing district-developed learning progressions.
A. Use assessment data within appropriate, ethical and legal          B. Assuring horizontally and vertically aligned curriculum,
   guidelines.                                                           instruction and assessment in the building.
B. Understand and communicate levels of proficiency accurately.       C. Clearly explaining how to analyze and use assessment results.
C. Use assessment results to make appropriate instructional           D. Leading dialogues with staff in interpreting results and
   decisions for groups of students.                                     creating goals for improvement.
D. Collaboratively analyze data and use data to improve               E. Assisting teachers in collaboratively analyzing and using
   instruction.                                                          data in a professional learning community.
E. Use multiple sources of data over time to identify trends in       F. Using assessment results, including subgroup performance, to
   learning.                                                             influence the school’s curriculum and instructional program.
F. Use data management systems to access and analyze data.            G. Using multiple data sources over time to identify learning trends.
G. Communicate effectively with students, parents, other              H. Using assessment data to reflect on effectiveness of teach-
   teachers, administrators and community stakeholders about             ers’ instructional strategies.
   student learning.                                                  I. Incorporating assessment knowledge in evaluation practices
H. Seek to increase their knowledge and skills in assessment.            (i.e., program, teacher, and administrator).
                                                                      J. Clearly communicating results to various constituents
                                                                         through a coherent communication system that uses a
                                                                         variety of methods.
                                                                      K. Using data management systems to access and analyze data.
                                                                      L. Using assessment data within appropriate, ethical, and legal
                                                                         guidelines.

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       District
       administrators
     Dispositions                                                        Knowledge
     District Administrators who are assessment                          District Administrators who are
     literate believe:                                                   assessment literate know:
     A. All educators must be proficient in their understanding and      A. A balanced assessment system consists of both of the
        use of assessment.                                                  following:
     B. An effective assessment system must balance different               1. Different users have different assessment purposes
        purposes for different users and use varied methods of              2. Different assessment purposes may require different
        assessment and communication.                                          assessment methods

     C. When assessment is done correctly, the resulting data can be B. There are different purposes for student assessment:
        used to make sound educational decisions.                           1. Student improvement
                                                                            2. Instructional program improvement
     D. Multiple measures can provide a more balanced picture of a
                                                                            3. Student, teacher or system accountability
        student or a school.
                                                                            4. Program evaluation
     E. Quality assessments are a critical attribute of effective teach-    5. Prediction ofPrediction future performance/achievement
        ing and learning.
                                                                         C. The definitions of and uses for different types of assessments:
     F. Assessment results should be used to make instructional             1. Summative assessment
        decisions that impact learning.                                     2. Interim benchmark assessment
     G. Clear learning targets, understood by students, are neces-          3. Formative-assessment practices
        sary for learning and assessment.                                   4. Criterion vs. norm-referenced assessment interpretations
     H. Students should be active partners in their learning and         D. The differences between the types of assessment tools:
        assessment.                                                         1. Achievement
     I. Students can use instructionally-sensitive assessment results to    2. Aptitude
        improve their learning.                                             3. Diagnostic
                                                                            4. Screening,
     J. Users of assessments require time to learn to select, develop,
        and administer the assessments, as well as use the assess-       E. The different types of assessment methods and when educa-
        ment results appropriately, and resources are needed to carry       tors should use each:
        out these activities.                                               1. Selected response: Multiple-choice, True-False, Matching
                                                                            2. Constructed response: Short or Extended written response
     K. Good classroom assessment and quality instruction are
                                                                            3. Performance: Written responses, presentations or products
        intricately linked to each other.
                                                                            4. Personal Communication: Observations and interviews
     L. Grading is an exercise in professional judgment, not just a
                                                                         F. Non-technical understanding of statistical concepts associ-
        numerical, mechanical exercise.
                                                                            ated with assessment:
     M. Appropriate, high-quality assessment practices should be            1. Measures of central tendency
        used in all buildings.                                              2. Measures of variability

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Knowledge continued                                                 PERFORMANCE continued
  3. Reliability                                                    A. Promoting assessment literacy for self and staff through:
  4. Validity: a characteristic of the use of the assessment, not      1. Professional Learning Communities
     the assessment itself                                             2. Targeted and Differentiated Professional Development
  5. Bias/sensitivity                                                  3. Walk-throughs (data collection – goal setting)
  6. Correlation vs. causation                                         4. Educator evaluation practices (i.e., program, teacher,
G. How to develop or select high quality assessments:                     and administrator)
   1. Determine the purpose for assessment                          B. Providing time and support for staff to implement a balanced
   2. Determine the standards or learning targets to be assessed       assessment system by providing opportunities to develop skills
   3. Select the assessment methods appropriate to learning            in:
      targets and assessment purpose(s)                                1. Using instructionally embedded formative assessment
   4. Design a test plan or blueprint that will permit confident       2. Selecting, creating, and developing assessments
      conclusions about achievement                                    3. Administering assessments
   5. Select or construct the necessary assessment items with          4. Scoring/Analyzing results
      scoring guides where needed                                      5. Developing instructional plans based on results
   6. Field test the items in advance or review them before            6. Developing school improvement plans based on results
      reporting the results
                                                                    C. Instituting policies with supportive resources (time and budget)
   7. Improve the assessment through review and analysis to
                                                                       to implement a balanced system of assessment in the district.
      eliminate bias and distortion
   8. Assessments can be purchased or developed locally; each       D. Assuring that each and every staff member is:
      approach has advantages and challenges                           1. A confident, competent master themselves of the targets
                                                                          that they are responsible for teaching
H. There are two ways to report results, and specific circum-
                                                                       2. Sufficiently assessment literate to assess their assigned tar-
   stances when each is useful:
                                                                          gets productively in both formative and summative ways.
   1. Normative interpretations
   2. Criterion-referenced interpretations                          E. Holding building-level staff accountable for implementing
                                                                       high quality assessments.
I. The multiple sources of assessment data that validly reflect
   a teacher’s effectiveness.
                                                                    District Administrators who are assessment
District Administrators who are assessment                          literate promote the use of assessment data to
literate are able to:                                               improve student learning through the alignment
A. Use assessment data within appropriate, ethical and legal        of curriculum, instruction and assessment by:
   guidelines.                                                      A. Developing learning progressions to implement the
B. Understand and communicate levels of proficiency accurately.        district-wide standards.

C. Use assessment results to make appropriate instructional         B. Assuring horizontally and vertically aligned curriculum,
   decisions for groups of students.                                   instruction, and assessment in the building.

D. Collaboratively analyze data and use data to improve             C. Clearly explaining how to analyze and use assessment results.
   instruction.                                                     D. Leading dialogues with staff in interpreting results and
E. Use multiple sources of data over time to identify trends in        creating goals for improvement.
   learning.                                                        E. Assisting teachers in collaboratively analyzing and using
F. Use data management systems to access and analyze data.             data in a professional learning community.

G. Communicate effectively with students, parents, other            F. Using assessment results, including subgroup performance, to
   teachers, administrators and community stakeholders about           influence the district’s curriculum and instructional program.
   student learning.                                                G. Using multiple data sources over time to identify learning trends.
H. Seek to increase their knowledge and skills in assessment.       H. Using assessment data to reflect on effectiveness of principals’
                                                                       instructional leadership.
Performance                                                         I. Incorporating assessment knowledge in evaluation practices
District Administrators who are assessment                             (i.e., program, administrator).
literate promote a culture of appropriate                           J. Clearly communicating results to various constituents
assessment practice by:                                                through a coherent system that uses a variety of methods.
                                                                    K. Using data management systems to access and analyze data.

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     Dispositions                                                         Knowledge continued
     Policymakers who are assessment literate                             E. There are two ways to report results, and specific circum-
     believe:                                                                stances when each is useful:
                                                                             1. Norm-referenced interpretations
     A. Teacher and administrator certification standards should
                                                                             2. Criterion-referenced interpretations
        include competence in assessment as a criterion for licensing.
                                                                          F. There are several essential technical standards for high quality
     B. A balanced assessment system is essential at the local school
                                                                             assessments:
        district level (using summative and interim assessments, as
                                                                             1. Reliability—Do the assessments produce replicable scores?
        well as formative assessment practices).
                                                                             2. Validity—Is there evidence that supports the intended
     C. Assessments closer to the classroom usually have a greater              uses of the assessment?
        impact on improving student achievement.
                                                                          G. Assessments can be purchased or developed locally; each
     D. Teachers and administrators need formal training in the devel-       approach has advantages and challenges.
        opment and use of assessments to increase student success.
                                                                     H. There are a number of steps in the assessment development
     E. Important decisions about schools, educators or students        process to produce high quality assessments.
        should be made on the basis of accurate and multiple sources
                                                                     I. There is little evidence to suggest that local, state, national
        of data.
                                                                        and international summative assessments, in themselves,
     Knowledge                                                          improve education or student learning.

     Policymakers who are assessment literate know:                       J. Users of assessments require time to learn to administer
                                                                             assessments and use the results appropriately, and resources
     A. A balanced assessment system consists of both of the following:
                                                                             may be needed to carry out these activities.
        1. Different users have different assessment purposes
        2. Different assessment purposes may require different            K. Which student measures are appropriate for teacher and
           assessment methods                                                administrator evaluation.

     B. There are different purposes for student assessment:              Performance
        1. Student improvement
        2. Instructional program improvement
                                                                          Policymakers who are assessment literate:
        3. Student, teacher or system accountability                      A. Provide the necessary authorization and resources (time,
        4. Program evaluation                                                money and staff) to create and implement quality balanced
        5. Prediction of future performance/achievement                      assessment systems.
     C. The differences between the types of assessments in a bal-        B. Ensure that only high-quality assessments will be selected/
        anced system of assessment:                                          developed and used.
        1. Summative Assessments                                          C. Strive to learn more about how assessment can be used to
        2. Interim Benchmark Assessments                                     improve student achievement.
        3. Formative Assessments                                          D. Support activities to improve their assessment literacy and that
     D. There are different ways to measure student achievement;             of their staff.
        each has advantages and challenges.

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It is the intention of the MAC that accomplishing these standards
                                   will improve curricula, instruction, and assessment, all leading to
                                   improved student achievement.
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     Accountability                                     Assessment Methods                                Balance of Representation
     Holding educators or others responsible for        Selected-Response Item In this type of item,      The match between the relative emphasis of
     the performance of students, educators, or         students select a correct answer from among       concept areas in a set of content standards
     school programs.                                   several answer choices. This items type           and the assessment that measures those
                                                        includes multiple-choice, true/false items, and   standards. The key question is does the
     Achievement Level                                  matching items. The multiple-choice item          balance of representation in the assessment
     The standard of performance set through            format is the selected-response format most       match that of the content standards?
     a standardsetting procedure. Also called           used in a large-scale assessment program.
     a “performance standard.” Defines how                                                                Balanced Assessment System
     well students need to do on an assessment          Constructed-Response/Item The item type           The use of different types of assessment for
     to meet or exceed predefined targets for           requires the individual to create their own       different purposes. Can also mean the use of
     achievement, such as “proficient.”                 answer(s) rather than select from prewritten      assessments for learning (to guide it as it is
                                                        options. There are usually several ways in        occurring) and of learning (to measure how
     Achievement Test                                   which these items can be answered correctly.      much students have learned at the end of
     A test used to determine the current level of      These items are scored using a standardized       instruction).
     knowledge and skills of an individual.             scoring rubric that is objective and clearly
                                                        defined.                                          Bias
     Alignment                                                                                            The manner in which a test question is posed
     Refers to whether an assessment item               Performance Assessment These are types            that disadvantages some students (due to
     measures any part (ideally, the most               of assessments that require the student to        factors other than their knowledge of the
     important part) of a content standard. Also        perform some activity. There are two types,       topic being assessed.)
     refers to how much of a set of content             distinguished by their complexity and the
     standards that an assessment instrument            length of time students have to respond to        Causation
     measures.                                          them.                                             This is a demonstration that one variable has
                                                                                                          a direct and predictable impact on another
     Two-Way Alignment refers to how much of            Performance Task In this assessment, students     variable.
     a set of content standards is measured by an       have days, weeks, or months to compose
     assessment instrument, as well as, whether         a response. Thus, these assessments may           Cognitive Complexity
     the assessment instrument covers most, if not      involve multiple responses of different types     The type(s) of mental processing (i.e.,
     all, of the set of content standards.              to multiple prompts. The resultant work           thinking skills) required by an item or set
                                                        may be lengthy and compromise of multiple         of items. This may refer to the Depth of
     Aptitude                                                                                             Knowledge (Webb), Bloom’s Taxonomy, or
     A term to describe the ability of an individual    parts. Embedded in the Task may be written
                                                        response items, presentations, papers,            other definition of thinking skills.
     to carry out a task or activity. Also indicates
     the extent to which an individual will be          student self reflections, and so forth.           Constructed- or Written-response Items
     successful in a future activity.                   Performance Event This is an on-demand            Test items that require students to write out
                                                        performance assessment on which students          their responses. Often, responses take the
     Aptitude Test                                                                                        form of short- or extended-response essays,
     A test used to determine the ability of an         are given little or no time to rehearse their
                                                        performance nor limited opportunities to          although other items might ask students to
     individual to carry out a task or activity. Also                                                     draw a picture, construct a table, show a
     indicates the extent to which an individual        improve their initial performance. Such
                                                        assessments may take a class period or less to    flow chart, and so forth. A traditional “fill
     will be successful in a future activity.                                                             in the blank” type question is also a written
                                                        administer.
     Assessment Administration Procedures                                                                 response item. Constructed- or written-
     The set of policies, guidelines, and/or            Personal Communication An assessment              response items typically require a checklist or
     procedures in place to help ensure that the        conducted one-on-one between an adult             rubric for scoring.
     administration of an assessment provides           and a student- sometimes an observation or
                                                        interview.                                        Correlation
     valid results consistent with the designed                                                           This is a demonstration that two variables
     purpose of the assessment.                         Assessment Purposes                               move in the same or opposite manner,
                                                        Student Improvement Using test results            although there is no proof that one causes
                                                        to review past instruction or to alter future     the other.
                                                        instruction provided to the student, due to
                                                        performance on the test.                          Criteria
                                                                                                          A basis for making a judgment.
                                                        Accountability Using test results to hold
                                                        educators or others responsible for the           Criterion-referenced (and interpretation)
                                                        performance of students, educators, or            Relating a test score to a pre-established
                                                        school programs.                                  absolute standard of performance.

                                                        Program Evaluation Using results to               Data Management System
                                                        determine the success of a program and            A computer software system that is used to
                                                        perhaps to suggest improvements.                  store educational data and to permit these
                                                                                                          data to be retrieved and analyzed.
                                                        Prediction Using test results to determine
                                                        the likelihood of a success of an individual in
                                                        some future activity.

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Depth of Knowledge (DOK)                         Instructionally Embedded                           Performance Assessments
A taxonomy of four levels, developed by          Assessments or activities that occur while         Assessments where students are asked to
Norm Webb, that can be used to classify the      instruction is taking place.                       perform in some way, such as completing
cognitive complexity of test items, content                                                         an experiment in science, conducting an
standards, and learning objectives.              Interim                                            investigation in science, singing, acting out
                                                 An assessment program that is administered         a character in a theatrical production, or
Diagnostic Test                                  periodically to students, such as at the           completing a painting in an arts class. The
A test used to determine the areas of            conclusion of each marking period.                 products of performance assessment can be
strength and weakness of an individual.                                                             many types. Performance assessments typically
                                                 Interviews
Dispositions                                     In this type of assessment, a teacher typically    require a checklist or a rubric for scoring.
Attitudes or beliefs about something.            works with an individual student, asks a series    Performance Event
                                                 of planned and/or unplanned questions, and         This is an on-demand performance assessment
Distortion                                       records students’ responses to the questions.
A factor in the assessment process that does                                                        on which students are given little or no
not permit the accurate determination of         Item                                               time to rehearse their performance nor
student performance or that of a school or       An assessment question, problem, or exercise.      limited opportunities to improve their initial
district.                                        The individual measures used in a test.            performance. Such assessments may take a
                                                                                                    class period or less to administer. One of two
Essential Learnings                              Learning Progressions                              types of assessments that require the student
A set of prioritized outcomes, derived from      The sequence of learning topics that students      to perform some activity. These two types are
state standards, that helps focus on the         may go through to learn an important topic.        distinguished by their complexity and the length
most needed aspects of the curriculum for                                                           of time students have to respond to them.
instructional planning purposes.                 Learning Targets
                                                 The individual learning skills for teaching and/   Performance Task
Feedback                                         or testing.                                        On this assessment, students have days,
Information about performance provided by                                                           weeks, or months to compose a response.
another person or an instrument.                 Levels of Proficiency
                                                                                                    Thus, these assessments may involve multiple
                                                 The different levels of performance on an
                                                                                                    responses of different types to multiple
Field Test                                       assessment.
                                                                                                    prompts. The resultant work may be lengthy
Trying out of newly-created items in a
                                                 Measures of Central Tendency: Mean,                and comprised of multiple parts. Embedded
formal manner on a representative sample
                                                 Mode and Median                                    in the Task may be written response items,
of students.
                                                 Mean The arithmetic average of a set of            presentations, papers, student self reflections,
Formative Assessment                             data, calculated by adding up all the scores       and so forth. One of two types of assessments
Information collected and used by teachers       and dividing by the number of scores.              that require the student to perform some
and students during instruction to improve                                                          activity. These two types are distinguished
teaching and learning as it is occurring.        Mode The most frequently occurring score in        by their complexity and the length of time
                                                 a set of scores.                                   students have to respond to them.
Grading
Rating an individual or program on the basis     Median The score at the middle point in a set      Personal Communication
of external standards.                           of scores.                                         An assessment conducted one-on-one
                                                                                                    between an adult and a student—sometimes
High Quality Assessment                          Measures of Variability:
                                                                                                    an observation or interview.
An assessment externally judged to be of         Variance and Standard Deviation
superior quality.                                Variance The deviation of each score in a          Pilot Testing
                                                 set of scores from the mean score of the set,      A preliminary use of assessment items to see if
Horizontally Aligned                             squared.                                           they work. If they don’t, they may be discarded
The alignment of instruction provided by                                                            or revised. If they do work, the next step is to
multiple teachers teaching the same content at   Standard Deviation The square root of the
                                                                                                    field test them.
the same grade or in the same course.            variance of each score in a set of scores,
                                                 divided by the number of scores.                   Placement Test
Instructional Decisions                                                                             A test used to determine the best program or
The choices made by educators as they teach.     Multiple Measures
                                                                                                    treatment for an individual.
                                                 The use of different types of measures to
Instructional Objective                          assess students or programs from somewhat          Prediction
A statement that specifies what a learner        different perspectives in order to obtain a        The use of test results to determine the
will know and be able to do as a result of       broader picture of students or a program.          likelihood of success of an individual in some
instruction. Most often found in curriculum                                                         future activity.
framework documents.                             Norm-Referenced
                                                 (and /interpretation)                              Professional Development
Instructional Program Improvement                The comparison of a student or school              (Targeted and Differentiated) The learning
The use of the test results to determine areas   score to a representative sample of students       programs and experiences provided to in-
of the instructional program that need to be     or schools – the norm group. Scores are            service educators to improve their knowledge
modified and improved.                           interpreted as above or below the average          and skills, and thus, their performance on
                                                 (mean score) of the norm group.                    the job.

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     Professional Learning Communities                   Scoring Rubrics                                  Success Criteria
     Small groups of educators who work on a             Often used to score constructed response         Statements that tells students what they
     common issue or program over a period of            items, and performance tasks and                 should know, understand and be able to do,
     time for the purposes of increasing educator        performance events. A rubric establishes the     at the end of a lesson. These criteria identify
     effectiveness and student results.                  expectations for performance and delineates      elements of quality that will be present
                                                         what a response must include. Performance        in student work. These criteria become
     Program Evaluation                                  levels are described for each dimension or       the measures teachers use to determine
     The use of test results to determine the            criteria of the performance task, performance    proficiency.
     success of a program and perhaps to suggest         event, or constructed response item. Sample
     improvements to it.                                 student work drawn from actual responses         Summative Assessment
                                                         used to illustrate performance levels for each   As assessment of performance, conducted
     Progress Monitoring Test                                                                             at the conclusion of a course or program
     A test used to gauge the improvement in             dimension/criteria are sometimes attached to
                                                         a rubric.                                        completion.
     performance of an individual or a program.
                                                         Screening Test                                   Test Blueprint
     Protocols                                                                                            A document that describes the key attributes
     Protocols are an agreed upon set of guidelines      A test used to determine eligibility of an
                                                         individual for a program or activity.            of a new assessment, such as standards to be
     for conversation; a code of behavior for groups                                                      assessed, the types and numbers of items to be
     to use when exploring ideas.                        Selected-Response Items                          written, and how the results of the assessment
     Quality Assessment                                  A test item that requires students to pick a     will be reported to different audiences.
     A judgment that an assessment is of high            response from among two or more answer
                                                         choices provided for each item. Multiple-        Types of Assessments
     quality.                                                                                             Different ways of assessing students or
                                                         choice, true-false, and matching items are
     Reliability                                         all examples of selected response items.         programs.
     A determination of the internal consistency,        Multiple-choice items are the most frequently    Unpacking Standards
     comparability or stability of an assessment. A      used type of selected-response items.            To determine the key attributes and aspects
     necessary but not sufficient condition for an                                                        of a content standard.
     assessment to be useful.                            Selection Test
                                                         A test used to determine which individuals       Validity
     Reporting                                           will most likely be successful in a program.     The collection of evidence to support the
     Describing the performance of a student on                                                           intended uses of an assessment. Note: The test
     an assessment in written or verbal terms.           Sensitivity
                                                         The use of a topic in an assessment item         itself is not “valid” or “not valid.” It is the uses
     Rigor                                               that some students may find troubling or         of the assessment that are or are not valid.
     The level of knowledge necessary to achieve         offensive.                                       Vertically Aligned
     a content standard or to correctly respond                                                           The alignment of instruction provided by
     to an assessment item. Typically measured           Standard
                                                         The larger expectations we express in            multiple teachers teaching in the same
     in the Depth of Knowledge category, one of                                                           content area across two or more grades.
     four dimensions of the Webb Alignment Tool,         association with knowledge, skills and
     developed by Norm Webb, Wisconsin Center            dispositions, comprising entire disciplines      Walk-Through
     for Education Research.                             (mathematics, science, etc.).                    A dry-run of a process or a procedure.
                                                         Student-Friendly Language                        Also can mean a school administrator
     Scoring                                                                                              who periodically observes teachers in their
     The process of determining how well a               Writing of some educational language in
                                                         a jargon-free manner understandable by           classrooms.
     student did on an assessment.
                                                         students.
     Scoring Checklists
     This might be a series of steps used to remind      Student Improvement
     students about a complete performance or            The use of test results to review past
     used to score the responses of students.            instruction or to alter future instruction
                                                         provided to the student, due to performance
     Scoring Guide                                       on the test.
     A scoring guide is composed of a rationale
     for the correct or preferred responses to the       Subgroup Performance
     assessment. A guide includes one or more            The performance of a subset of the students
     scoring rubrics, examples of student responses      in a larger group, examined to assure that all
     for each score level of each rubric, and sets of    groups of students in a school are doing well
     pre-scored student papers used to train, certify,   academically.
     and monitor the scorers.

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The mission of the Michigan
Assessment Consortium is
to improve student learning
and achievement through a
coherent system of curriculum,
balanced assessment and
effective instruction. We
do this by collaboratively
promoting assessment
knowledge and practice;
providing professional learning
opportunities; and providing
and sharing assessment tools,
products and resources.

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                                                                                 educators who believe
                                                                                 quality education depends
                                                                                 on accurate, balanced,
                                                                                 meaningful assessment.
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