Assessment Ideas & Items

Many educational groups, especially training groups, prepare their own tailor-made assessments by purchasing items from an item-bank assessment group.

This capacity saves instructors an enormous amount of time and ensure some validity and reliability in contrast to home-grown versions.

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12 Ways to Provide Effective Feedback in the Teaching-Learning Process

A teacher’s most important role is to provide an environment where learners can grow and develop. However, this cannot happen without feedback on the learner’s performance. Feedback is important because it helps the learner know whether they are on the right track or what they need to work on something. It is a process that…  learn more

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13 Formative Assessments That Inspire Creativity

Sometimes mixing in formative assessments that go a step beyond exit slips and low-stakes quizzes can inject some fun—and creativity—into learning. Paige Tutt March 3, 2023  learn more

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16 Guidelines for Writing High-Quality Assessment Items

Assessment is an aspect of the rigorous formative assessment cycle that requires precision to be effective. The items, which make up an assessment, are the foundation upon which teachers build inferences about student understanding. Properly written items are needed to produce accurate data about student comprehension.  learn more

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8 Quick Checks for Understanding

Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.  By Jay McTighe January 28, 2021  learn more

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Assessment Systems Blog

Assessment Systems was founded out of work at the University of Minnesota. They have a lively blog covering topics in scoring and partial scoring, psychometrics, test development, credentialing and test security.  learn more

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Balanced Assessment In Mathematics

From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site. Teachers…  learn more

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Best Free Formative Assessment Tools and Apps

The best free formative assessment tools can help teachers track student progress and personalize learning. Formative assessments are crucial for educators to understand their students’ grasp of concepts and skills as they work their way through lessons. With this understanding, educators can better direct learners to spend more time practicing and gaining mastery of topics…  learn more

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Educational Testing Service

The Educational Testing Service site is dedicated primarily to their standardized tests; under teaching and learning is a list of current performance assessment studies and measures.  learn more

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National Center For Educational Outcomes

NCEO offers resources for administrators, educators, parents, and others concerned with the educational outcomes of all students: An extensive publications list that includes technical reports, state activity updates, policy documents, and self-study guides. Criteria for evaluating existing policies on large-scale assessments. Recommendations for developing assessment policies and guidelines for participation, accommodations, reporting, and accountability that…  learn more

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Online Evaluation Resource Library

OERL, the Online Evaluation Resource Library was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. It collects and makes available evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, project evaluators, and others as they design proposals and projects. OERL includes professional development…  learn more

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is a consortium of 15 states, one territory, and the Bureau of Indian Education working together to determine how the Smarter Balanced assessment system is developed and improved. The site includes practice tests and example questions. Check if your state is part of the consortium.  learn more

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Student Portfolios as an Assessment Tool

Teachers and administrators have been making a move from traditional paper-and-pencil type tests to alternate forms of assessment. Although its use has declined, the student portfolio can be used very effectively. Why, then, do so many classroom teachers forego the use of portfolios as assessment tools? One reason might be that the portfolio is a…  learn more