Tools & Strategies for Developing and Using Learning Progressions

If you’ve attended an educational conference recently, you have probably heard curriculum or assessment experts extol the virtues of learning progressions as a means to monitor and plan instruction. This PowerPoint was presented at the Council of Chief State School Officers’ formative-assessment SCASS meeting on February 2, 2008. It identifies four interrelated guiding principles of learning progressions and then describes ways in which formative assessment can be used to develop new learning progressions or to refine or validate existing ones. One tool described in the PowerPoint, Analysis to Action, is also posted here.