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Local Assessment Resources


Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recognizes that educators at all levels of leadership are faced with many complex decisions around assessment planning. These resources are designed to support districts across a range of assessment purposes.

Classroom Assessment Terms

TYPE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS/PURPOSE TYPES OF DECISIONS TO BE INFORMED
Formative
  • Process used by teachers and students during instruction to provide feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievements of learning targets.
  • Where can we improve instruction right away?
  • Which students need specific help?
Interim
  • Provides mid-point or periodic evidence of performance against a defined learning target.
  • Results can be meaningfully aggregated and reported alongside summative.
  • Instructional: How should the instruction and curriculum be adapted to better meet student needs?
  • Predictive: What performance can be anticipated on the summative assessment?
  • Evaluative: Is the curricular program or strategy effective?
Summative
  • Provides culminating evidence of performance against a defined learning target
  • What standards has each student mastered?
  • What grade does each student receive?


Oregon Assessment Guidance PDF

Includes Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessments, as well as assessment vocabulary and other planning considerations.


Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessment

Criteria educators can use to evaluate the quality of assessments whether they are locally developed or purchased from an outside source.

A high-quality assessment should have
  1. Clear Purpose: Why am I assessing?
  2. Clear Learning Target(s): What am I assessing?
  3. Quality Assessment: How can I assess it well?
  4. Proper Test Administration: How will I ensure test conditions do not interfere with a student’s ability to perform well on a test? And how do I maximize a student’s ability to perform well on a test?
  5. Effective Communication of Results: How will I share results for maximum impact?

Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessment Tables PDF

Includes summary, significance, key concepts, expectations, and guiding questions for each criteria.


Methods for Evaluating Assessment Quality

Resources that can be used to evaluate the quality of an assessment overall or to evaluate individual items in an assessment.

Evaluating Assessment Quality Presentation Power Point Presentation

Slides explaining each method for analyzing item quality and methods of evaluating the assessment overall.

Evaluating Assessment Quality Worksheet MS-Word

Worksheet to accompany the presentation and support application of the analyses.


Formative Assessment Resources

Formative Assessment Insights external link

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with WestEd, is offering a free, online course for K-12 teachers in all content areas, instructional coaches, and professional development staff. Although registration for the course ends 8/21/2015, Oregon Department of Education will post the professional development resources from the course as they are available in spring, 2016.


Development and Scoring: Local Interim and Summative Assessments

Professional Development Resources for Assessment Development and Scoring

Oregon Department of Education partnered with Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research Center to develop resources to support high-quality local assessment practices.

List of Open Educational Resources PDF
Includes a list of sources of open educational resources. ODE is not endorsing the use of any of these websites. The purpose of the list is informational only. ODE has not verified or evaluated the quality of information in these websites.

Assessment Development Reflection Questions Aligned with Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessments Word
Resource for supporting districts in reflection during local assessment development; encourages consideration of the Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessments.


Statewide Summative Assessment Preparation

Resources from Spring 2015, Statewide Summative Assessment Professional Development Events

Resources to accompany a series of professional development events in Oregon during the spring of 2015. The resources currently would need some adaptation for use in a district, because they were designed for use with secure test content.

Updated versions of the ELA and math resources are in development and will be posted here as they are completed. Estimated timeline is winter 2015 for math and spring 2016 for ELA.


Assessment Videos with Resources

Kansas State Department of Education Assessment Literacy Project

Assessment literacy professional development resources, including videos and accompanying resources across a wide range of topics.


Lists of Commercial Formative and Interim Assessments


Commercial Common Core Interim and/or Formative Assessments Excel Spreadsheet
Includes a list of commercial interim and formative assessments for Common Core. The list is intended to be an informational resource to districts. To develop this list, ODE developed an online survey for assessment companies to complete then compiled the survey responses into a list. ODE has not verified the information that the assessment companies provided, and ODE does not endorse the use of any of the assessments in this list. Additionally, ODE will not be developing any contracts with companies as a result of this list.

Common Core Assessment Survey Guide PDF
Includes a list of all of the survey questions included in the Commercial Common Core Interim and Formative Assessments spreadsheet and information about how the questions are organized.

Commercial Student Growth Assessments Excel Spreadsheet
Includes a list of commercial assessments assessment products that measure student growth and, according to the assessment company, can be used as a part of educator evaluations. The list is intended to be an informational resource to districts. To develop this list, ODE developed an online survey for assessment companies to complete, then compiled the survey responses into a list. ODE has not verified the information that the assessment companies provided, and ODE does not endorse the use of any of the assessments in this list. Additionally, ODE will not be developing any contracts with companies as a result of this list.

Student Growth Survey PDF
Includes a list of all of the survey questions included in the Commercial Student Growth Assessments spreadsheet in the format of the survey that the assessment companies completed.



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