In support of our mission to promote assessment knowledge and practice, we offer these Important Considerations for Student Assessment and Reporting/Grading Policies and Guidelines in District Continuity of Learning Plans. We hope they help address the current exceptional circumstances facing schools, and the equally exceptional measures that will be required to address student needs in an equitable way.
We believe that aspirations to educate all students to high levels can be realized with a strong commitment for all educators to achieve some basic level assessment literacy.
Equipped with assessment literacy, participants in education will:
Michigan Assessment Literacy Standards
In 2015, MAC published Assessment Literacy Standards (ALS) for each group affected by student assessment: students & their families, teachers, building and central office administrators and policymakers (local and state). The Michigan State Board of Education endorsed these standards in 2016. They are intended for long-term use in the field of education, to continually support assessment literate educators.
Our goal: Assessment Literacy Standards will be used to inform policy and program development and decisions regarding:
Michigan Learns Assessment System
The Michigan Learns Assessment System, launched in 2017 and based on the Assessment Literacy Standards, comprises an array of learning opportunities across Michigan. The primary feature is a tiered assessment learning program for educators that will enhance their assessment literacy and earn them continuing education credits and, eventually, credentials.
Assessment Learning Modules (ALM) are the basis of this program, with deeper learning opportunities across three tiers:
Ancillary resources, publications, and an assessment literacy self-assessment supplement the modules and are offered at no cost to users.
Michigan Learns Assessment includes additional services designed to improve policies and practice regarding assessment.
The final element of the Michigan Learns Assessment System is an Assessment Learning Network (ALN), coordinated in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The ALN is intended to support the leaders of each of the state’s education organizations in the important work of increasing assessment literacy among their members and constituents.
James Pellegrino, Ph.D.
In this Learning Moment video, James Pellegrino provides insight regarding how high-quality, ongoing formative assessment and high-quality, large-scale assessment can lead to meeting student outcomes.
In this 14-minute video, Rick Stiggins answers five questions about Assessment Literacy.
In this five-minute video, Susan Brookhart highlights a few key understandings about assessment she thinks are most important.
A white paper written by Ed Roeber and Suzanne Wilson proposes an improved system for Preparing Michigan Educators in Assessment.
Expanding Assessment Literacy: A Pitch to America is Jim’s symposium presentation during the National Conference on Student Assessment, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, San Diego, California, June 27-29, 2018
Buros Center for Testing/University of Nebraska
The Buros Center for Testing operates as an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the science and practice of testing and assessment