Assessment Literacy Standards

A National Imperative

In this era where important decisions are made about students, educators, and educational systems based on data collected from student assessments, assessment literacy is essential.

Understanding the appropriate roles that student assessment can play to determine levels of student achievement and educational accomplishment, as well as to guide improved learning, is critical.


To increase assessment “literacy,” the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) spearheaded the development of Assessment Literacy Standards by Michigan educators and national experts.  The standards, endorsed by the Michigan State Board of Education in 2016, provide a common framework to assist K-12 educators, students, families, and policymakers in becoming more knowledgeable about assessment purposes and uses. The standards are intended for long-term use in the field of education, to continually support assessment literate educators.

We’ve created crosswalks that demonstrate how the Assessment Literacy Standards support and connect to the Michigan Frameworks.

The Assessment Literacy Standards serve to enhance and enrich Michigan schools’ and districts’ efforts to implement the improvement Frameworks. They work in conjunction with school improvement systems to impact curricula, instruction, and assessment, furthering student learning and achievement.

Reference Documents

  • American Federation of Teachers, National Council on Measurement in Education, and the National Education Association. “Standards for Teacher Competence in Educational Assessment of Students,” Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.
  • Brookhart, Susan M.  “Educational Assessment Knowledge and Skills for Teachers”, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practices, Spring 2011, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 3-12.
  • Chappuis, Jan.  Learning Team Facilitator Handbook: A Resource for Collaborative Study of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning.  Pearson, 2007.  pp. 55-59.
  • Chappuis, S., Stiggins, R., Arter, J. and Chappuis, J.  Assessment FOR Learning: An Action Guide for School Leaders. PearsonSecond Edition, 2009, p. 99.
  • Popham, James.  Everything School Leaders Need to Know About Assessment, Corwin, 2010.
  • Roeber, Edward.  “Preparing Michigan Educators in Assessment,” East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University,  Presentation, 2011.
  • “Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008, Appendix 2: ISLLC 2008 at a Glance”.  National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), adopted December 12, 2007.
  • “Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for Dialogue,” CCSSO’s Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), Council of Chief State School Officers, July 2010.