New eBook – Why Interim Assessment Matters: Interim Assessment in Context

New eBook – Why Interim Assessment Matters: Interim Assessment in ContextWe’re excited to announce a new eBook that may be of interest to you. Why Interim Assessment Matters: Interim Assessment in Context is now available for download (free with registration).

Interim assessment is often misunderstood, coming somewhere between formative, in-the-moment assessment practices, and end of instruction summative assessments. Yet interim plays a crucial role in a balanced assessment system, and brings efficiency to understanding both a student’s instructional level as well as his or her growth over time.

This e-book serves as a primer on interim assessment so that stakeholders can maximize the power of data to make the best choices for students now.

  • The first chapter, “Interim Assessment in Context,” looks at interim assessment in context of a comprehensive assessment system—where it fits, what differentiates it from other forms of assessment, and what purposes it best serves.
  • The next chapter, “The Importance of Data Comparability,” explores different aspects of data comparability. Data comparability lets teachers, administrators, parents, and students make important connections, recognize growth patterns and trends, develop achievable growth projections, and compare groups of students.
  • The third chapter, “Balanced Assessment: Combining Multiple Measures to Drive Learning,” unpacks the concept of using multiple measures as part of a balanced assessment system.
  • The concluding chapter is a practical and succinct guide to use when evaluating and comparing interim assessments. It provides the key questions to ask and what to look for in a high-quality interim assessment.

In the hands of informed users, interim assessment data can be a powerful lever that support teaching and learning, inform interventions, and help stakeholders make the best decisions possible for students; now and in the future. Follow this link to download the eBook: