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Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase is an online resource for state departments of education to use as part of their professional development efforts with districts and schools. Organized around five elements, it brings together concepts, how-to guidance, tools, and resources about classroom assessment.

Task 3: Seek Comparative Data

Guideline: Formative assessments are a tool for teachers to gauge how well students are grasping the lessons being taught. Comparing results with other groups of students is difficult. Dialogue with colleagues teaching the same grade level and subject area can offer comparative insights into student understanding, strengths, and weaknesses. Reviewing summative test data available at a grade, school, district, or state-level may provide a perspective on student performance that can drive future classroom assessments.


Collaborative Assessment Conference

A Collaborative Assessment Conference is a way for a group of teachers to work as a group to review student work. As noted at this website, "the Collaborative Assessment Conference (CAC) provides a structure for groups of teachers to look closely at children's work, describe it, ask questions about it, and explore implications for instruction raised in the discussion."

Small Schools Project: Looking at Student Work

This resource from the Small Schools Project offers resources for teachers to use when reviewing student work. It explores how adult learning communities among teachers can be useful in assessing student work.



Consensus Scoring and Peer Planning

This article authored by Douglas Fisher, Diane Lapp, and James Flood, describes how teachers can "work together improve their understanding of content and performance standards, collaborate to assess student work, work together to plan instruction, and re-teach content as necessary."

Data Sources by State

This document contains links to national and state education data sources. The content may be useful to educators when developing a school profile.

Looking at Student Work

This link to the Looking at Student Work website provides teachers with resources for revieiwng student work.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.