A Framework for Considering Interim Assessments
The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluating mid-level assessments, which the authors call interim assessments, to help state and district leaders thoughtfully examine commercially available products or develop strong specifications. Additionally, the guidelines provided are intended for states or districts who want to develop their own interim assessments. The authors define and use the term “interim assessments” broadly to include assessments that can be called “benchmark,” “diagnostic,” “formative,” and/or “predictive,” but their primary focus is on how these assessments are used, so that the use of interim assessments is always contextualized within specific purposes. The paper includes discussions on how interim assessments fit into a comprehensive system and what unique purpose(s) the interim assessment serves.