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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 1: Work Through Considerations for Developing the Assessment

Guideline:  The critical factors for developing an assessment should be identified prior to creating the assessment. These factors should include how the assessment will achieve its purpose and goal, as well as meet any special needs that might be present.


Assessment for Learning

This resource summarizes Chapter 3: Assessment for Learning from Rethinking Classroom Assessment with Purpose in Mind. Developed by Dr. Lorna Earl and Dr. Steven Katz in collaboration with the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Education, it is "intended to support teachers in assessing their students effectively, efficiently and fairly, and to serve as a basis for professional learning." Chapter 3 provides a series of questions for teachers to consider when developing classroom assessments.

Defining and Enhancing Formative Assessment

This paper by Dr. James Popham proposes a definition for formative assessment and discusses issues impacting its effectiveness. It was prepared for presentation at the October 10-13, 2006, meeting of the Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers subgroup of the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO's) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards held in Austin, Texas.

Designing High Quality Assessments

Developed by Education Northwest, formerly the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Toolkit98 is designed to assist classroom teachers to become better assessors of student learning. Chapter 3 addresses Designing High Quality Assessments. This chapter reviews design options and quality considerations.

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