2016 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series

Setting the Foundation: Frameworks for Assessment, Context, and Literacy

Assessments are designed to serve particular purposes; they tend to serve their intended purposes well and their unintended purposes not as well. Similarly, the assessment use we’re interested in always takes place within a disciplinary, personal, and organizational context, hopefully with particular intended questions, decisions, and actions. The assessment literacy needed to do these things well goes well beyond understanding a test score report. This opening session lays a common foundation for us to view the interaction of assessment design, context, and literacy.

Fit the Assessment to Intended Purpose and UsesErika Hall
Assessments: Beyond the claimsJeri Thompson
Assessment Literacy FrameworkCharlie DePascale

Developing specific assessment skills

Assessment literacy encompasses a wide range of knowledge and skills. Participants may choose topics according to their own interests. Session III consists of three 45-minute Rounds. Each Round offers a session dealing with Assessment Literacy framework, foundational topics (Literacy 101), Evaluating quality of assessments, Specific assessments (competency/performance/interim+summative), and a session with the case study leaders. Attendees should choose one session to participate in each of the Rounds.

Round/Strand Topic Presenter
ROUND 1    
Strand 1: Framework Context in Assessment Literacy – The importance context plays in determining the specific testing, measurement, and data use knowledge and skills needed for assessment literacy Amy Sharp, Kelli Ryan, Charles DePascale, & Damian Betebenner
Strand 2: Literacy 101 Data Rich/ Information Poor Chris Domaleski
Strand 3: Evaluating quality Evaluating content quality of assessments
Thanos Patelis
Strand 4: Specific assessments Assessment of competency and personalized learning systems Scott Marion
Strand 5: Case study depth Principals helping teachers assess in diverse content areas Mike Hardy
ROUND 2    
Strand 1: Framework Assessment Literacy in Context – The role of assessment literacy in addressing specific educational issues faced by teachers and administrators Amy Sharp, Kelli Ryan, Charles DePascale, & Damian Betebenner
Strand 2: Literacy 101 Analyzing student work for instructional decision making Jeri Thompson
Strand 3: Evaluating quality Evaluating technical quality of assessments Erika Hall & Susan Lyons
Strand 4: Specific assessments Exploring open questions in the design and use of interim and summative assessments in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards Nathan Dadey
Strand 5: Case study depth Assessing transfer skills Christy Kingham
ROUND 3    
Strand 1: Framework Crowd-sourcing Assessment Literacy – Describing a platform for the development of interactive assessment literacy modules that are (i) browser based, (ii) immediately publishable/available via the web, and (iii) suitable for collaboration/sharing with others. Amy Sharp, Kelli Ryan, Charles DePascale, & Damian Betebenner
Strand 2: Literacy 101 Improving stakeholder data literacy for program evaluation Joseph Martineau
Strand 3: Evaluating quality Promoting and evaluating quality of local assessments Caitlin Byrne, Susan Lyons & Erika Hall
Strand 4: Specific assessments Interpreting interim assessment results Brian Gong