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Welcome to the Assessment Learning Modules information page!  Here you will find information on the foundational assessment modules being developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium.

All Assessment Learning modules are aligned to Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as a core to all MAC professional learning opportunities. The MAC created the Assessment Literacy Standards to inform sound assessment policy, and to support professional learning opportunities, culminating in optional credentials. These standards were endorsed by the State Board of Education in the spring of 2016.  

The modules were developed by the MAC, authored by nationally recognized assessment experts,  Ed Roeber, Ellen Vorenkamp and Carol Commodore and ideas and resources from: Jim Gullen,  Rick Stiggins, Margaret Heritage, Susan Brookhart, Ken O’Conner and James Popham.  Each module provides an opportunity for engagement, reflection and access to tools and other resources that can continue to support educators’ professional learning.

The foundational modules can be accessed individually or as a series, and can result in a Certificate of Completion for meeting all requirements per module or as a series. 

Visit the Assessment Learning Modules:  https://plp.mivu.org/Registration.aspx?c=17 

This foundational module, Assessment Systems that Support 21st Century Learnersdescribes the higher order, complex thinking skills that today’s students need to be successful, as well as the implications the skills have for assessment, teaching and learning. You will also learn about the conditions necessary for balanced assessment systems and the leadership actions and stakeholder involvement needed to support them. 

This foundational module, Developing a High Quality Balanced Assessment System describes the components of a balanced assessment system including assessment for and of learning. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to identify various uses and users of assessment, distinguish among summative, interim and formative assessments and begin the development of a balanced assessment plan. 

This foundational module, Developing Appropriate Assessments, provides an overview of the assessment process for the practitioner. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to explain the five keys to quality assessments, the purpose of a test blueprint and how to create one, and how to match targets with various methods of assessment. 

This foundational module, Selecting Appropriate Assessments, provides guidelines you can use to select sound assessments. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be familiar with criteria for selecting assessments, how to determining rigor in assessments, and specific responsibilities and available resources to support the selection process. 

This foundational module, The Formative Assessment Process, describes how educators use formative assessment strategies within the instructional cycle. You will become familiar with the Assessment Literacy Standards that serve as the core of the module.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to explain the five components of formative assessment, how to use the formative assessment process effectively, the importance of timely, formative feedback, and how professional learning and administrative support can enhance the learning process. 

This foundational module, Making Meaning from Student Assessments, provides knowledge of six key concepts that are essential in translating student assessment evidence in ways that are useful to students, teachers, administrators, parents and other necessary parties. The concepts include success criteria, rubrics, exemplars, scoring procedures, student self and peer assessment, scoring procedures and formative feedback.

This foundational module, Using Assessment Data Well, is under construction. Expected release date September 2018.

This foundational module, Understanding the Technical Concepts Used in Student Assessment, describes in simplified language some important qualities of technically sound assessments and assessment strategies.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to identify how technical concepts contribute to accurate information, make better choices of assessment use, and communicate more accurately about assessments and assessment results. 

SCECHs & Fees

Module SCECHs Fee
21st Century Assessment Systems  3 $45
Developing a High Quality Balanced Assessment System 3 $45
Developing Appropriate Assessments 4 $60
Selecting Appropriate Assessments 3 $45
The Formative Assessment Process 4 $60
Making Meaning from Student Assessments 3 $45
Using Assessment Data Well - Expected release date Sept. 2018 3 $45
Understanding the Technical Concepts Used in Student Assessment 3 $45