DESIGNING SOUND ASSESSMENT

The Designing Sound Assessment modules will help you take a student-friendly approach to assessment. The modules in this series will enable you to become more efficient at measuring, monitoring, and adjusting learning. In addition to demonstrating how to create sound assessment items and tasks, the series shows you how to make wider use of assessment as a teaching and learning tool.

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CLARIFYING EXPECTATIONS

The Clarifying Expectations modules will help you clarify the criteria for success, from novice to mastery, and the types and amounts of evidence your students will practice and produce. This prepares you for the next group of modules in the DSA series.

MASTERING THE METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Building on what you learned about PLDs, Blueprints, and Rubrics, the four modules in Mastering the Methods of Assessment will enable you to create and use each of these four assessment methods not just for the purpose of gathering evidence of student learning, but as instructional tools for fostering student engagement in their own learning.

 

 

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

The Putting the Pieces Together module will help you ensure that you and your students practice and gather the right kinds of evidence, in the right amounts, to point you toward appropriate next steps in learning.

 

 

 

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Clarifying Assessment Expectations

 

The Clarifying Assessment Expectations modules will help you clarify the criteria for success, from novice to mastery, and the types and amounts of evidence your students will practice and produce. This prepares you for the next group of modules in the DSA series.

   
  

What are the criteria for evaluating progress toward mastery for individual learning expectations, for a specific piece of work or student performance?

 

In this module you will learn how classroom rubrics will help you establish concrete, objective criteria for rating student evidence of learning. The learning in this module will prepare you for the rest of the DSA series.


What are the overall learning expectations for the unit you are currently teaching?

 

PLDs are the center piece of strong assessment design because they establish what the evidence of learning looks and sounds like as students progress from novice to mastery. In this module you will learn how Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) provide you and your students with a ‘master rubric’ for a given period of learning.


In this module you will learn how Assessment Blueprints will help you determine where students are in their learning – faster and more accurately.

 

You will learn how a blueprint guarantees that you and your students are planning, gathering, and evaluating the right kinds of evidence, at the right levels of difficulty or complexity.


Do you tend to avoid written response because of the time it takes?

 

When you have students write, are they on task and on target? Student writing can provide powerful evidence of knowledge and reasoning… when designed and used well. This module will help you make effective, efficient use of written response assessment in your classroom.


What are the ways that students demonstrate their understanding through dialogue and spoken responses to questions or situations?

 

How can teachers elicit higher-order thinking through verbal response assessment? This module will help you plan, conduct, and document purposeful, structured verbal response assessment.


What are the criteria for evaluating progress toward mastery for individual learning expectations, for a specific piece of work or student performance?

 

This module will help you and your students create, implement, and critique performance tasks for rigor, relevance, and accuracy.


Can selected response items authentically represent what students know and can do?

 

Life often requires us to choose among competing, credible alternatives. In this module you will learn how to take advantage of the potential strengths of selected response assessment while avoiding its potential pitfalls.


No matter how good each of your assessment components is, the ultimate challenge is to fit those pieces together into a meaningful and informative whole. Poorly designed assessment wastes time and effort – but worse yet, it actually undermines student engagement and success.

 

This module will help you ensure that you and your students practice and gather the right kinds of evidence, in the right amounts, to point you toward appropriate next steps in learning.