Common Assessment Development Modules


Create and use high-quality common assessments.

Through a generous grant from MAISA, a comprehensive module series was created to show local Michigan educators how to build and use common assessments. The series was piloted during 2010-11, and revised by the the development team.

Each module includes a PowerPoint presentation, script, user’s guide, and companion documents.  Use the materials as is, or adapt them for local use.

The team who collaborated to create these modules is:

Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Bruce Fay, Retired from Wayne RESA
James Gullen, Macomb ISD
Edward Roeber, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA
Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education

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MAC Common Assessment Modules Part 1
Module 1: Building and Using Common Assessments: A Professional Development Series

 In this module you will learn what common assessments are, on which learning targets they might be based, and why common assessments are so important.

Narrator K. Dewsbury-White

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Module 2: What Are Common Assessments?

In this module you will learn what common assessments are, on which learning targets they might be based, and why common assessments are so important.

Narrator J. McDaniel

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Module 3: Determining the Outcome of the Assessment

Module 3 will help your team explore the different purposes of assessment, as well as how the purpose can affect the assessment design.

Narrator J. Gullen

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Module 4: Identifying Learning Targets for the Common Assessment

This module describes the entire series and how to use them to create and use high quality common assessments.

Narrator K. Dewsbury-White

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Module 5: Matching the Assessment Methods to the Learning Target

Taking a closer look at the various types of learning targets, this module describes how to match them to appropriate assessment methods.

Narrator E. Vorenkamp

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Module 6: Assessing Students with Special Needs

The goal of this module is describe and illustrate ways students with special needs can be more fully included from the start in common assessments.

Narrator E. Roeber

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Module 7: Writing the Test Blueprint

Module 7 will introduce users to the development of a test blueprint that should guide the common assessment construction and use.

Narrator B. Fay

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Module 8-Part 1: Writing Selected-Response Items Part 1

In this module you will learn how to write high quality multiple-choice items.

Narrator E. Vorenkamp

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Module 8-Part 2: Writing Selected-Response Items Part 2

In this module you will learn how to write high quality multiple-choice items.

Narrator E. Vorenkamp

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Module 9: Writing Constructed Response Items

This module will review the various types of constructed-response items,the benefits and drawbacks of this type of item and provide some guidelines for development of them.

Narrator E. Vorenkamp

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Module 10: Writing Performance Assessments

Module 10 explains how to break from traditional paper-pencil assessments by developing and using performance assessments.

Narrator J. McDaniel

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Module 11: Using Portfolios to Assess Students

In this module, you will learn about scoring rubrics and scoring guides - what they are, why they are necessary, and the basics of how to develop different kinds.

Narrator J. McDaniel

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Module 12: Developing and Using Scoring Guides and Rubrics

In this module, you will learn about scoring rubrics and scoring guides - what they are, why they are necessary, and the basics of how to develop different kinds.

Narrator B. Fay

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MAC Common Assessment Modules Part 2
Module 13: Editing the Draft Assessment Items

Module 13 will examine why item editing is needed, including what are some of the common errors that items writers make, how to edit out these errors, and how to prepare the assessments for field testing.

Narrator E. Roeber

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Module 14: Detecting and Eliminating Bias and Distortion

This module describes what is assessment bias and how can we develop assessments that eliminate items that misrepresent or inaccurately reflect student performance.

Narrator J. McDaniel

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Module 15: Assembling the Assessment Instrument

The topic of this module is assembling the assessment items for field testing and actual administration.

Narrator J. Gullen

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Module 16: Field Testing

Field testing is often ignored. This module will explain it's critical importance and steps needed to produce an actual assessment that is both reliable and valid.

Narrator E. Roeber

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Module 17: Looking at Field Test Data

Module 17 describes how to look at field test data and be ale to use the date to improve the assessment items.

Narrator J. Gullen

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Module 18: Reliability

This module describes what test reliability is and why is it important for users of common assessments to understand.

Narrator E. Roeber

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Module 19: Test Validity

In this module you will learn about the concept of validity as it applies to your common assessment and why it is important.

Narrator B. Fay

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Module 20: Assembling the Final Common Assessment

Module 20 will guide you through the process of assembling the final common assessments.

Narrator E. Roeber

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Module 21: Assessment Administration, Scoring and Reporting

This module will help you learn how to prepare to administer, score and report you newly created assessments.

Narrator E. Vorenkamp

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Module 22: Standard Setting

How good is good enough? This module will help users set standards on the new common assessment.

Narrator J. Gullen

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Module 23: Presenting the Results

The topic of this module is to learn about different ways to represent the data to make it useful when reporting assessment information to various audiences.

Narrator B. Fay

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Module 24: Using Data to Improve Instruction

Learn how to use the results of the common assessment through professional conversations to improve teaching and learning.

Narrator J. McDaniel

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