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Summary of Unit 5

  • Multiple levels and types of assessments are used by assessment-literate educators to address the range of decision-making purposes and needs of key stakeholders in the system.
  • A high-quality, balanced assessment system has a range of standards-based, cohesive assessments, each with a specific purpose relating to student learning over time.
  • Assessments in a balanced system are aligned to content standards, providing continuous information on students’ progress toward specific learning targets.
  • Summative assessment data is used by assessment-literate educators to determine the extent to which students have achieved mastery on specified learning outcomes at a given point in time.
  • Formative assessment data is used by assessment literate teachers and students during the instructional process to adjust ongoing teaching and learning.
  • Students are active participants in the formative assessment process, engaging in self and peer assessment.
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