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Assessment Literacy at the Classroom Level

Let’s further explore the concept of assessment literacy. The following quote from Test Better, Teach Better by W. James Popham highlights a key aspect of assessment literacy:

Just about everyone realizes that if a teacher does a great instructional job, that teacher's students will usually perform better on tests. It's the other side of the equation that is less often understood, namely that how a teacher tests–the way a teacher designs tests and applies test data–can profoundly affect how well that teacher teaches. The connection between one's teaching and one's testing is a critical one that, if properly understood, can lead to a substantial increase in instructional effectiveness" (2003).