Assessment for Teachers

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The resources below begin with the basics of understanding and then analyzing your own assessment strategies to determine effectiveness, and progress into more in-depth analysis, such as ensuring that assessments are fair and appropriate for all students. Please keep in mind that the steps below are meant for guidance, and that you are the best judge of your own process and learning. Feel free to pick and choose what is best for you.


1st step: Learn more about validity and reliability to better understand the mechanics of assessment

2nd step:  Analyze your own assessments to determine effectiveness

  • In order to effectively analyze your own assessment program, you can first make a yearlong inventory of your assessments or consult your curriculum map;
  • Then, you can create a rubric or checklist, such as an assessment inventory form and an assessment review form from Teaching is the Core, to evaluate each assessment;
  • Finally, based on the first two steps, you can make a determination on whether you need to modify your assessment program and/or individual assessments within the program.

3rd step:  Writing and selecting well-designed assessments

  • After analyzing your assessment program, you may determine that existing assessments need to be modified, or that new assessments are required. As a result, it will be helpful to follow best practices in writing and selecting the necessary types of assessment. Various resources are available on Assessment 101 to help you decide how to select assessments that are right for you.
    • The Reform Support Network’s Assessment Design Toolkit includes videos and supplemental materials to help teachers write and select well-designed assessments. The Toolkit includes 13 “modules” divided into four parts: (1) key concepts, (2) five elements of assessment design, (3) writing and selecting assessments and (4) reflecting on assessment design.

4th step: Learn more about how assessments inform instruction

5th step: Learn more about how assessments should be fair and appropriate for all students.

* Please note that the information and resources available on the Administrator and Parent pages of Assessment 101 may be useful to teachers as well. We invite you to browse these webpages in addition to the information that is provided above.

Downloadable Resources

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