This tool by Achieve allows districts leaders to inventory their assessments and assessment strategies from a student perspective. According to the publishers, the tool “supports a process by which districts evaluate the assessments students are taking, determine the minimum testing necessary to serve essential diagnostic, instructional and accountability purposes, and work to ensure that every district-mandated test is of high quality, is providing the information needed for specific school and district purposes, and is supported by structures and routines so that assessment results are actually used and action steps taken that will help students” (p. 1). Achieve’s assessment inventory tool is a four-stage process that districts engage in: reflecting and planning, conducting an inventory, analyzing the inventory, and making recommendations.
This tool has the potential to help fill an important need for both districts and schools on how can they increase the efficiency of assessments and decrease total student assessment time. Purposes of the tool are effectively described in the opening paragraphs and achieved throughout the rest of the document. While references to resources are not provided, the tool appears to have been developed in a careful, thoughtful manner inclusive of current and past assessment research. Communications quality is generally high. Language is easy to understand and the length is appropriate to the purpose. One criticism is that the use of gray and blue text makes this document somewhat difficult to read both onscreen and in print. Utility should be very high, especially because of this tool's uniqueness and its direct connection to an important need. While evidence of effectiveness is not provided, this tool could have a positive impact on learning through more efficient use of test data, elimination of unnecessary tests, and potential for increased instructional time.