TPSS Assessment Vision
Assessments should be high quality:
- And aligned to the language and level of rigor of the standards
- Measuring critical thinking, asking students to analyze and justify problems or synthesize from multiple sources
- Including tasks worth doing and quality texts that are worthy of missed instructional time.
Assessments should be part of a meaningful process:
- Intended for instructional use, providing information about student needs so that teacher can better drive towards equity in the classroom
- Where analysis of student work gives context and explanation to the data reports
- In which conversations about data inform instructional strategies and materials.
Assessment should be part of a coherent system:
- Providing students multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery, item sets provide observable evidence of student mastery of the standard
- That balances assessment types and provides timely data
- Helping teachers and students to better understand the expectations of the curriculum.