Suggested Workflow for Determining Assessment Methods and Practices

Workflow for Determining Assessment Methods and Practices



A balanced system of assessments aligned to the learning and rigor of the standards.


  • What is the purpose for each assessment? Who are the users of and what are the uses of results for each?
  • Is there a balanced system of assessments to measure students’ learning proficiency and growth (pre-, post-, ongoing)?
  • What learning targets, or standards, will be assessed on each assessment? Do the items assess the level of rigor (thinking) required by the standards or targets?
  • What components are needed to design high-quality, rigorous assessments?
  • How will students be involved in the assessment process?
  • How will students know what the evidence of learning needs to look like in order to demonstrate mastery?
  • How will assessment results be communicated to students and parents?
  • How aligned and effective is the report card for informing parents/guardians about student learning?
  • What professional learning is needed to support high-quality, rigorous assessment design?
  • What professional learning is needed to understand a standards-based reporting system?



Check for Understanding Assess what students know on a regular basis. As a result, you recognize each student’s learning needs and can tailor your instruction to support success.
Guiding Self-Assessment Teach students to check their understanding of concepts and evaluate their work. They gain metacognitive skills that boost the quality of their work and help them determine when they need your support.
Common Formative Assessment Gain the knowledge and skills it needs to help teachers use common formative assessments.
Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment The Assessment Reform Group (ARG) has been at the forefront of challenging thinking and practice in relation to all aspects of assessment, including assessment for learning.
Transforming Assessment Devoted to helping educators use “assessment for learning” to improve student learning and raise standards.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Practice tests and other resources for teachers online.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia Practice tests and other resources for teachers online.
Assessment Evaluation Tool (AET) A tool to evaluate grade or course-level assessments for alignment to the CCSS.
Assessment Passage and Item Quality Checklist Tool for evaluating assessment passages and assessment items or tasks alignment to the CCSS.
Student Assessment Inventory The tool supports a process by which districts evaluate the assessments students are taking, determine the minimum testing necessary to serve essential diagnostic, instructional and accountability purposes, and work to ensure that every district- mandated test is of high quality, is providing the information needed for specific school and district purposes, and is supported by structures and routines so that assessment results are actually used and action steps taken that will help students.
Rutgers Center for Teaching Excellence Resources on student evaluation and assessment.
Reading and Writing Project Teachers, coaches and principals are always looking for better resources to strengthen their work in classrooms. The site supports that work by putting up important and useful resources that change throughout the year. The site has examples of the sort of writing students produce at every grade level, K-8. The samples selected represent good work from the widest possible range of students. There are also many lists of recommended books and tools that you can use to assess your students’ growth in writing and reading.
Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks is available through this web site. Teachers may use these materials in their own classrooms at no cost.


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