Assessment is useful for informing ongoing teaching and learning when it provides a prospective view of learning in order to answer the question, “What is next for this student?” This insight excerpted from "Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning, Achievement, and Academic Self‑Regulation", written by Heidi Andrade and WestEd’s Margaret Heritage, illustrate three key principles of practice for effective formative assessment.
Achieve releases series of science assessment resources for state education leaders, Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation
Achieve's series is designed to provide 1) information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; 2) analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as they make their own decisions regarding science assessment systems; 3) detailed state profiles that highlight how and why some states have made decisions regarding designing and enacting different examples of systems of assessment; and 4) a how-to guide for policymakers looking to enact systems of assessment in science.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that TNReady will now produce faster test results, provide teachers with more resources to prepare their students for the test and offer schools more affordable technology devices.
Achieve's new brief explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany the Next Generation Science Standards' three-dimensional standards. The brief describes some key challenges associated with developing assessments for these new standards and recommendations for states to consider.
CCSSO has released a revised definition of formative assessment. The revised definition includes an overview of the attributes of effective formative assessment and emphasizes new areas emerging from current research, theory, and practice (e.g., disciplinary practices).