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Assessment Literacy Defined

A key question for educators to consider when defining assessment literacy is:

What do teachers need to know and understand about assessment to strengthen the critical connection between teaching and assessing student learning? 
 

As you read the definitions of assessment literacy put forth by experts in the assessment field, look for common elements in the definitions that relate to the educator’s responsibilities with assessment:

...the knowledge about how to assess what students know and can do, interpret the results of these assessments, and apply these results to improve student learning and program effectiveness."

–Webb 2002

"Assessment-literate educators…come to any assessment knowing what they are assessing, why they are doing so, how best to assess the achievement of interest, how to generate sound samples of performance, what can go wrong, and how to prevent these problems before they occur."

–Chappuis et al. 2011

"Assessment literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills educators need to: (1) Identify, select or create assessments optimally designed for various purposes…and (2) Analyze, evaluate, and use the quantitative and qualitative evidence generated by…assessments…to make appropriate decisions…to advance student learning."

–Kahl, Hofman, & Bryant 2013

 

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Time to Reflect

Reflect on how the quotes above relate to your role. What are your assessment responsibilities as an educator?

 

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