In support of our mission to improve student learning and achievement for all students, we address the current circumstances facing our schools in responding to the growing public rejection of racial inequity in American society and call for societal changes that ensure equity of opportunity and safety for Black students and other people of color.
Assessment tools and products abound, but district leaders need support in how to build a coherent and comprehensive system that can lead to improved student learning.
Our research is helping to inform this important area of school leadership, shaping the development of new resources for educators and policy makers.
Since 2019, we have equipped groups of Michigan educators to use MAC-developed resources to increase assessment capable practice. The Institute, typically held in August, is designed to promote assessment literacy among local and intermediate school district staff and to improve the quality and effectiveness of local assessment systems.
This work builds on a proof-of-concept pilot undertaken in 2017-18 using the District Assessment System Design Toolkit (DASD) and an associated process (developed by the Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment—NCIEA) in selected Michigan districts.
In response to challenges presented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are re-examining assessment practices in response to changing contexts and demands in schools. To address these challenges, 2021-22 ALI participants are focusing on using assessment to both deepen and accelerate student learning.
ALI Focus Record:
The ABCA project will promote the use of balanced approaches to assessment in the classroom – the integrated use of assessment for and of learning. Launched in 2020-21 as the “Smarter Fame,” project, the ABCA project is building on successful early collaboration with the Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) program to develop a set of instructional materials in the form of MAC-developed Learning Maps and supported by a cadre of facilitators who will field test professional learning materials, facilitated support, and quality example materials designed to increase knowledge, skills and effectiveness in:
The SBAC Interim Assessments and instructional platform Tools for Teachers will provide example material to use in training. The FAME program is the professional learning model ready to take classroom teachers toward a next step in 2022-23.
The District Assessment System Design Toolkit (DASD), developed by the Center for Assessment, was used to guide a process of designing a district assessment system or evaluating and improving an existing one.
We identified potential school districts (coordinated by their ISDs), provided facilitators, experienced the facilitated process, and communicated feedback on how the process and the Toolkit could be enhanced.