Assessment principles and concepts. One more time.
- The primary purpose of assessment is to improve performance, not audit it.
- Good assessment requires being clear about mission and goals, the standards to which you aspire, and the criteria by which you would measure success.
- Therefore, it is about measuring what matters. (If you assess what you value, others will value what you assess.)
- And, necessarily, it becomes about planning backwards.
- Assessment that improves performance involves feedback.
- One tool for getting useful feedback on what matters most is the rubric.
- Good assessment requires a variety of measures, data, and feedback.
- Good assessment is ongoing. It is about continuous improvement. And unless we designate and protect the time to do this work, it will not happen.
- Done collectively, assessment builds community.
When these principles and concepts begin to influence your conversations and your decisions, you are on your way to building an assessment culture in your organization. In an assessment culture, everyone understands the truth of the cartoon below. Assessment is not a destination; it is at the heart of the journey.
Please take a minute to tell us what you thought of our Assessment workshop. Also, we encourage you to consider signing up for one of our other Technical Assistance Workshops which are closely linked to the underlying research and principles of the Assessment Initiative.
- Intro: the Dodge Assessment Initiative Online Workshop
- Are there any aspects of your work that you wish were better?
- What do we mean by assessment?
- What is exemplary feedback?
- Planning backwards
- The rubric: if you can describe it, you can measure it
- Rubric practice
- See how others have written their rubrics.
- Rubric review
- Important reminders about the rubric writing process.
- Uh oh. Roadblocks.
- Overcoming the obstacle of time.
- QII and assessment exercises.
- Overcoming the obstacle of change.
- Assessment principles and concepts. One more time.