Assessments are inventoried and reviewed to determine:
- Alignment with standards
- Alignment with curriculum and teaching
- Accuracy of content
- Inclusion of higher order thinking skills
- Usefulness of results
- Redundancy, where content is unnecessarily tested multiple times
Unneeded or outdated assessments are dropped. Existing and/or new assessments are mapped to the curriculum to ensure they measure desired outcomes, and are part of a balanced system of formal and informal, formative, interim and summative assessments.
A balanced system of formal and information, formative, interim and summative assessments is in place.
The assessments—individually and as a group, are confirmed to reflect the principles described above.
The assessment system is continuously evaluated to ensure it is aligned to the curriculum, and delivering timely, useful and actionable data.
Staff Knowledge and Readiness
Staff knowledge and skills are assessed to determine levels of ability specific to:
- Interpreting assessment results
- Using assessment results to improve instruction and learning
- Creating and selecting effective assessments—formative, interim and summative
Staff receives training on: understanding and interpreting assessment data; creating or selecting appropriate items from test banks and open education resources; and ensuring that students will use the same technologies and procedures when learning the material as they will when being assessed.
Staff leverages skills and knowledge through collaborative working groups. Coaching is provided to help staff implement and enhance current assessment efforts.
Assessment and Accountability Purposes and Beliefs
The prevailing attitudes and beliefs specific to assessment and accountability are determined for students, teachers, partners, policymakers and the community.
Outreach to students, staff, parents, community members and policymakers is used to help them understand and support new assessment systems.
Parents, policymakers and the press are educated about the reasons for and advantages of the new assessment system, as well as what assessment data means—and doesn’t mean.
Assessment and Accountability Planning & Implementation
A planning group, with diverse membership, is established to develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the guiding principles of successful assessment and accountability.
The planning group monitors initial implementation of assessment and accountability plan.
Adaptations, based on findings, are made as necessary.
Successes are celebrated. Areas and individuals needing improvement are promptly addressed with supports, expertise, resources and training.
Plans are in place to reevaluate assessment systems at regular intervals to ensure they remain useful and reflect current assessment practices.
Assessment and Accountability Compliance
Existing assessment and accountability practices are compared to relevant policies, laws and regulations to determine current levels of compliance.
Where necessary, assessment systems are brought into compliance with federal, state and local requirements. Unneeded or outdated accountability structures are removed. Where possible, assessments and accountability systems are aligned with curriculum and instruction.
A balanced and functioning system of accountability is in place and meets all requirements.