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Types of Assessment Information

In the following quote, note how the authors of a publication titled, Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right - Using It Well (2011) address the need for and use of different kinds of assessment information:

Who uses assessment information? The first answer that may come to mind is ‘the teacher,’ followed perhaps by parents, students, administrators, and the public. They all need assessment information to make decisions, but they make different kinds of decisions.  No one assessment can fill everyone’s information needs;…the different users at each level face different decisions and, therefore, need different kinds of information to do their jobs of (1) supporting and (2) certifying student learning.”

—J. Chappuis, Stiggins, S. Chappuis, & Arter 2011


Remember that the priorities specified in Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System, presented to you in Unit 2, emphasized the development and implementation of an assessment system focused on teaching and learning rather than accountability.

California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson specifically has recommended an assessment system:

  • Whose primary purpose will be to model and promote high-quality teaching and student learning activities 
  • That will include a variety of assessment approaches and item types
  • That will be aligned with college and career readiness, address 21st Century Skills, and have meaning for students


For additional information, review Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System: A Report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

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