Resource Bank


What fundamental understandings are necessary for assessment literacy?

The Learning Point briefly describes the six basic assessment understandings needed by educators.

What impact will Next Generation Science Standards have on assessment?

The impact of the Next Generation Science Standards on science assessment is described in this Learning Point.

What institutional changes would promote competency-based education models?

Performance assessments, the formative assessment process, and student-centered classrooms all contribute to the success of competency-based education (CBE) models of classroom instruction. But classrooms function within institutions. This ThinkPoint explores the institutionalized practices that will have to be overturned for the principles of competency-based education to become reality in classrooms.

What is ambitious teaching?

This Learning Point defines and describes ambitious teaching, provides historical context for its evolution and the need to incorporate this approach in a modern education to prepare students for their futures.

What is collaborative scoring? Why can it be so valuable?

This Learning Point outlines how collaborative scoring is a means to assuring that student work is judged reliably and the training and act can be valuable professional learning and support more use of performance assessment.

What is feedback from peers?

This Learning Point indicates peers can provide & receive effective formative feedback to move their learning forward.

What is formative feedback? Why is feedback from the teacher important?

This Learning Point indicates formative feedback is a high impact strategy on student learning and achievement and an essential component in the formative assessment process.

What is gathering evidence of student understanding?

This Learning Point outlines how to elicit evidence of student understanding of expressed learning targets using three instructional routines during delivery of lessons and the students role in the process.

What is learner agency?

This Learning Point defines the term learner agency and explains how it is achieved through practices used with students in Assessment For Learning practices.

What is skillful use of questions?

This Learning Point examines the skillful use of questions as a means to elicit evidence of student understanding in the formative assessment process.

What is social and emotional learning (SEL)?

This Learning Point defines SEL as an interrelated set of cognitive, affective and behaviorial competencies and explains the importance of attending to skills necessary to develop and maintain social and emotional skills to learning environments.

What is student self-assessment?

This Learning Point identifies five things teachers have to teach students for them to effectively engage in self-assessment.