Series // Uncovering Knowledge 💡

#1: Research-Based Assessment

The purpose of assessment is not — or, should not be — simply to assess, record results, and move on. Assessment presents us with the opportunity to gain powerful insights into what a student knows, doesn’t know, and needs to learn next. Teachers are naturally intuitive professionals. But with the right assessment system, they can be precisely in tune with each student’s academic and intellectual needs. They’re free to provide the highest level of personalized learning, driven by data and executed with creativity. So how do you select an assessment system that uncovers exactly what a student is ready to learn next? There are 5 key components to consider when evaluating an assessment system. To learn more about the components, download our comprehensive guide. Today, we’re going to touch on component #1:

Research-based, standards-based assessment

This component of an assessment system is all about quality. What kind of an assessment are your students receiving? Is the content rooted in research and aligned with standards? Without these features, your assessment system will deliver very limited results. To decide if a prospective assessment system is research-based, look for three basic characteristics:

  1. Standards-based
  2. Data-driven
  3. Able to provide valid and reliable results

Essentially, the quality of your assessment blueprint and test item will impact the quality of the resulting student knowledge data. If you’re going to base further instruction on the results of an assessment (which is the goal of data-driven teaching) then that assessment needs to be high quality, reliable, and valid.

For more on the three characteristics of research-based, standards-based assessment, or to discover the rest of the 5 key components of an assessment system, download our comprehensive guide:

Then, check out this Assessment System Infographic:

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