The 21st century has ushered in a new era for how educators utilize assessments and assessment data. The new model includes both formative and summative assessment with a focus on the importance of formative assessment in the classroom. Educators understand that a variety of measures are needed to accommodate a diverse set of goals.
The challenge is designing a balanced assessment system using the strengths of formative, interim, and summative assessments to address instructional, learning, and accountability needs, but there is a solution! GCA can evaluate your assessments and/or assessment system to determine whether they are in balance.
Our Level I option can help schools and districts answer these critical questions:
Does it represent the rigor in the curriculum?
Does it support critical thinking skills?
Is it accessible to all students?
Level I includes:
An analysis and review of Depth of Knowledge, Universal Design, and Bias/Sensitivity
A review of targeted feedback on the following item specifications: passage, stimulus, stem, graphics, answer choices, item layout, page layout, and overall formatting.
If a deep-dive analysis is necessary, our Level II option can be used to answer the following:
Does it meet the intended purpose?
Is it aligned to instruction to promote student learning and achievement?
Is this assessment reliable?
Level II includes all of Level I plus one of the services below:
An analysis of alignment to the standards
A data review of your assessment results
Our most comprehensive option, Level III, answers each question and includes all of Level I and Level II offerings.
For all Assessment Audits, GCA provides an Individual Summary per assessment and a Summary Report with overall audit findings and recommendations.
Our Professional Learning team is available to work with educators to implement the suggestions made in the Summary Report. This job-embedded professional learning provides an applied forum for educators to fine-tune their assessment development skills.
Student assessment is an essential component of a high-quality teaching and learning process. A well-planned approach to a balanced assessment system will offer educators the diversity of information needed to be well-informed decision makers.
We would love to work with your school or district. Contact us today for more information!