The educational world is facing the largest change in decades as the state-led movement toward Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics is creating a shift in measuring student knowledge. Assessments are now being held up to the microscope. Concerns are surfacing that commonly used assessments are measuring a limited range of knowledge and skills. Thus, not providing all the information needed to shape the next steps for learning, for school improvement, and for district resource allocations.
All assessments provide direction. However it is the combination of standards-based assessments crucial to defining a complete and comprehensive assessment system that provides the data needed for student progress, instructional improvement, and goal attainment. Each type of assessment serves a different central purpose. ATI’s comprehensive assessment system includes benchmark, formative, screening and placement tests, plus interim and final course examinations, pretests and posttests, and instruments documenting instructional effectiveness. The results from the variety of assessments can be placed on a common scale. The use of a common scale makes it possible to directly compare results from different assessments. The availability of multiple sources offers a complete picture of academic accomplishments.
There are a number of ways to learn first-hand about the manner in which a complete comprehensive assessment system can provide the data you need. You can visit the Assessment Technology Incorporated website, participate in an online demonstration by calling 1.877.442.5453 or you can visit us at any one of many events during the year. The next event we will be attending is the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Winter Conference February 3 and 4 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colorado. We look forward to communicating with you online or in Colorado.