Assessment Literacy

The purpose of educational assessment is to help learners learn and teachers teach.

The field of educational assessment emerged from an initial commitment to a high quality education for every student. The development of assessments has been powered by the understanding that data-driven decisions improve both the quality of instruction and the ultimate educational outcomes for all students. The focus on assessment—along with the growing array of materials, products, and stakeholders allied with testing—continues to grow and is impacting practice and policy.

Why Assessment Literacy?


Assessment 101

Assessment 101
How assessments inform instructional practices.

Assessment Policy Trends

Policy Trends
Clarity on policy trends.

Educator Tools

Educator Tools
Applying data can raise student achievement.


From the Blog

By Kelly Goodrich
July 22, 2014

In our Make Assessment Matter report published earlier this year, NWEA found that educators and students value assessments if they are meaningful and focus on student learning. In the national study...

By Jean Fleming
July 3, 2014

Dr. Bill Rhoades has served as superintendent of the West Linn-Wilsonville School district (WLWV) in Oregon since 2011. Prior to this he was an assistant superintendent in the Hillsboro and Bend-La...

By Kelly Goodrich
June 5, 2014

In our recent public opinion research study, Make Assessment Matter, we surveyed over 1,000 students from around the country, representing different demographics and socio-economic brackets, on their...

In the News

July 21, 2014 - The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which brings the world the international testing program of 15-year old students known as PISA, just issued a new report...

July 21, 2014 - Consider what education consultant Mike Rulon says, kicking off a lively Facebook discussion. In a dynamic discussion about the failings of grades, educators from around the...

July 20, 2014 - Presenter Melissa Sines is the Accreditation Manager for the Standards for Excellence Institute at Maryland Nonprofits. As Accreditation Manager, she works directly...

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