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Balanced Assessment Systems Educational Assessment Learning Acceleration Covid-19 Disruptions Assessment

Using Assessment to Support Learning Acceleration: It Takes a System! 

A First-Hand Account of Responding to Student Needs

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) highest priority is keeping students and staff safe so that we can focus on learning acceleration for all students. We are also intensely focused on how assessment can be used to help address these instructional and learning needs.  To this end, in this post, I discuss the importance of a balanced system of assessment and of being very intentional about the specific purposes and uses of types of assessment within that system, especially those intended to be used to support student learning and improved instruction. 

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game-based assessment score reporting Educational Assessment Use of Assessment Results Assessment

Enhanced Score Reporting for a Game-Based Assessment

Game-Based Assessment Can be Fun for Students: Can We Make Its Use More Informative for Teachers?  

This is the fifth post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors. Ella Anghel, from Boston College, is working with Nathan Dadey and Will Lorié in examining data from a game-based assessment to determine an approach to summarizing the data to provide useful information to teachers.

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Performance Assessment Instructional Change Curriculum Educational Policy Use of Assessment Results

Enhancing the Impact of Performance Assessments on Instruction

A Research-Based Framework Monitoring the Use of Performance Assessments to Promote Positive Instructional Change

This is the fourth post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors. Sarah Wellberg, from the University of Colorado Boulder, is working with Carla Evans to investigate issues related to the relationship between the use of complex performance assessments and efforts to promote instructional practices that improve student learning.

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Instruction Student learning Instructional Change Instructional Core Use of Assessment Results

What Leads to Positive Changes in Student Learning?

The Relationships Between Instructional Practices and the Instructional Core

This is the third post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors. Sarah Wellberg, from the University of Colorado Boulder, is working with Carla Evans to investigate issues related to the relationship between the use of complex performance assessments and efforts to promote instructional practices that improve student learning.

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Opportunity to Learn Social Justice Student Equity Coherence Use of Assessment Results COVID-19 Response

Considering Coherence in the Collection and Use of Opportunity-to-Learn Data

Ensuring Equitable Learning Opportunities for all Students Requires Coordination Across the Education System

This is the second post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors. Dan Silver, from the University of Southern California, is working with Scott Marion on using opportunity-to-learn information to enhance the utility of state test scores and better understand schooling conditions during and after the pandemic.

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Opportunity to Learn Social Justice Student Equity Accountability COVID-19 Response

A Social Justice Critical Framing for Opportunity-to-Learn Indicator Use

Making the Meaning of Opportunity More Socioculturally Sustainable, Inclusive, and Action-Oriented

This is the first post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors.  Thao Thu Vo, from Washington State University, is working with Scott Marion on using opportunity-to-learn information to enhance the utility of state test scores.

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Assessment Literacy Pre-service Education formative assessment Teaching Assessment Use of Assessment Results

Supporting Teacher Assessment Literacy Through Pre-service Education and the Early Years of Teaching

Challenges and Approaches to Guide New Teachers in the Wake of COVID-19 School Disruptions 

This fall, a batch of fresh new teachers, eager and anxious to start their careers, will enter into a context where interruptions in formal schooling across two school years have caused substantially different learning experiences for the students in their class. These teachers will be tasked with implementing strategies to identify initial student understandings and then support and monitor progress in learning. Supporting the assessment literacy of teachers through pre-service education and their early years of teaching is more important than ever. 

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State Testing Educational Assessment school disruptions COVID-19 Response

Understanding Pandemic Learning Loss and Learning Recovery 

The Role of Student Growth & Statewide Testing

As of January 2021, the United States is almost completely in the dark as to the pandemic’s impact on student learning. In our recent publication, Understanding Pandemic Learning Loss and Learning Recovery: The Role of Student Growth & Statewide Testing we show how spring 2021 assessment data and student growth results derived from it put states in a position to address critical questions regarding academic learning loss.

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Reflections From a Decade of Fall Testing

Compelling Reasons to Think Twice Before Moving 2021 Spring State Testing to the Fall

When spring state testing was abruptly canceled last year, one of the first options considered briefly was administering the Spring 2020 state tests in the fall – when it was expected that students and teachers would have returned to their classrooms – and life would be back to normal. One year later, we are facing the same consideration. 

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Self-directed learning Student Equity Educational Assessment Balanced Assessment SEL

The Center is Getting Emotional about Assessment

Part 4: How School Leaders Can Use SEL Data to Support Student and Staff Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

This is the final post in a four-part series on social and emotional learning (SEL) assessment by Center associate Chris Brandt and guest author Katie Buckley, Managing Director of Research & Learning at Transforming Education. Across four posts, they make the argument that balanced systems of assessment must effectively support SEL and offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can and should support social and emotional learning in responsible and useful ways through assessment.

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