The Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase is an online resource for state departments of education to use as part of their professional development efforts with districts and schools. Organized around five elements, it brings together concepts, how-to guidance, tools, and resources about classroom assessment.
Purpose: Assessments used in the classroom can be designed locally by teachers or selected from any number of commercial or other professional sources. Regardless of an assessment's origin, teachers must first plan what they intend to accomplish with the assessment. Upon doing so, they can determine whether a pre-existing or new assessment will best meet their needs.
Purpose: Administering assessments includes conducting and scoring. Conducting the assessment addresses the when, where, and how of doing so. Scoring the assessment focuses on the scoring rubric, determining individual scores, and analyzing the results. Both are essential parts of administering the assessment.
Guideline: The aim of formative assessment is to assess student strengths and weaknesses in relation to understanding subject content and concepts. Identifying individual strengths and weaknesses is necessary to provide useful feedback to each student.
This Maryland Department of Education online workshop reviews how to plan an examination of student work and lead a team through the process. Its focus is on teachers collaborating to examine student work. Though oriented toward the Maryland state assessment system, the content may be useful for all teachers.
This document highlights Chapter 5: Using Classroom Assessment Data of Assessment for the Diverse Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers from the Florida Department of Education. Though oriented toward exceptional students, the concepts addressed are useful for teachers to apply in general.
This article authored by Douglas Fisher, Diane Lapp, and James Flood, describes how teachers can "work together improve their understanding of content and performance standards, collaborate to assess student work, work together to plan instruction, and re-teach content as necessary."
Purpose: When used properly, assessment results enhance instruction. It is incumbent upon teachers to understand, know how to interpret, and explain the results effectively to their students, parents, and other district and school staff members.
Purpose: Good assessments provide the basis for making adjustments in instruction as well as future assessments. Assessment results show teachers where changes need to be made in instructional approaches for groups of students or individual students. The assessment outcomes also show students what they need to do to improve their learning. Changes to instruction based on assessment results complete the learning cycle.