Meaningful evidence of student learning is essential for making decisions about teaching and learning in the classroom and across schools and districts. However, informed decision making is predicated on quality data, which requires an intentional purpose for collecting data about student learning, sound tools and practices for eliciting appropriate evidence of student learning, and effective practices for analyzing and responding to data in ways that improve learning outcomes for all students.
WestEd’s customizable assessment and data literacy workshops provide educators and administrators tools to help them effectively use assessment to make sound decisions about teaching and learning.
Assessment literacy learning supports teachers and leaders to become critical consumers and practitioners of assessment. Participants will learn about:
- Different types of assessment and their purpose in a comprehensive, balanced system of assessments,
- Characteristics of high-quality assessments and the types of data produced,
- Appropriate use of assessment data to inform teaching and learning,
- The central role of the formative assessment process in supporting student learning, and
- Using key assessment design concepts to evaluate and develop assessment items, tasks, and strategies.
Data literacy learning supports teaches and leaders to make sense of assessment data and use it appropriately to inform instructional and system improvement decisions. Participants will learn about:
- Interpreting data reporting in the context of educational decision making,
- Engaging in data analysis with an equity mindset,
- Using data analysis protocols to support collaborative educational decision making, and
- Engaging stakeholders and communicating about assessment data.
To learn more, contact the Center for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability at [email protected]