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Assessing Student Learning

The California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs), developed by the California Teacher Credentialing Commission, “…are intended to provide a common language and a vision of the scope and complexity of the profession by which all teachers can define and develop their practice. The standards seek to serve and support professional educators in fulfilling their professional roles and responsibilities from pre-service teacher to experienced practitioner.” (CSTP 2009)

What assessment knowledge and skills are included in the CSTPs? Read Standard 5 to answer that question.

Teachers apply knowledge of the purposes, characteristics, and uses of different types of assessments. They collect and analyze assessment data from a variety of sources and use those data to inform instruction. They review data, both individually and with colleagues, to monitor student learning. Teachers use assessment data to establish learning goals and to plan, differentiate, and modify instruction. They involve all students in self-assessment, goal setting, and monitoring progress. Teachers use available technologies to assist in assessment, analysis, and communication of student learning. They use assessment information to share timely and comprehensible feedback with students and their families."

–CSTPs 2009


Learn more about the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.


Time to Reflect

Note the knowledge and skills that you previously included in your bulleted list of professional responsibilities. Compare the assessment-related knowledge and skills described in the CSTPs with the list you made in the previous reflection. Think about how they are the same and how they are different.



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