Effective Classroom Assessments: More than Automating

My staff is intrigued with the idea of using an online test builder to automate development and administration of tests, as well as for analysis of test scores. What professional development would be needed beyond use of the tool?

This is the perfect opportunity to offer comprehensive professional development in effective classroom assessment. In addition to use of the tool and data analysis, the training should incorporate test design, an area where very few teachers have had extensive training. Make certain that teachers learn how to:

  • write good test items
  • weight and score items
  • map test items to the curriculum

Well designed, easy-to-use local assessments will enable teachers to accurately measure students’ academic growth.

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