WHAT IS ASSESSMENT LITERACY?
Assessment literacy is a set of beliefs, knowledge, and practices about assessments that lead a teacher, administrator, policymaker, or students and their families to use assessment to improve student learning and achievement.
WHAT IS A BALANCED ASSESSMENT SYSTEM?
A balanced assessment system must be Comprehensive, Coherent, and Continuous. Coherence means that all elements of an assessment system are coordinated, measure the same content and skills derived from the state content standards in a similar manner, and that the curricula, assessment, instruction and related professional learning are aligned with one another. Continuous - means that assessment happens continuously, using both formative (during the learning process) and summative (at the end of the learning process) approaches to assessment, that student progress is measured on an on-going basis and students are an integral part of the process.
Developing a balanced assessment system requires a basic level of assessment literacy on the part of all district stakeholders.
ASSESSMENT LITERACY IN THREE AREAS
Dispositions - what we should believe about assessments
Knowledge - what we should know about assessments
Performance - what we should do in relation to assessments
The Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) has developed "Assessment Literacy Standards" (see link below) for various individuals who are affected by student assessments. Assessment literacy standards for students and their families, teachers, administrators, and policymakers will serve as the foundation from which the field comes to understand what assessment literacy means and the role and purpose of comprehensive, balanced, quality assessment systems. It is our hope that the assessment literacy standards can be used to inform policy and program development and decisions regarding assessment practices, teacher preparation, district level decision making.
WHAT ASSESSMENTS ARE USED AT NENANA CITY SCHOOL?
Classroom Level: Formative and Summative
District/School: Interim MAP Growth testing in Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science - link to NWEA's website
State: Annual Summative (AK STAR) - link to AK STAR Toolkit
National: Bi-annual National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - link to NAEP website
ARE YOU A PARENT WISHING TO EXCUSE YOUR CHILD FROM REQUIRED STATE OF ALASKA SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS?
The State of Alaska requires that schools "document" parent refusals for state assessments. Below is a link to a Google Form that Nenana City School requires parents/guardians to complete in order to formally document the refusal to test. PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE FRONT OFFICE AT NENANA CITY SCHOOL IF YOU WISH TO EXCUSE YOUR CHILD FROM STATE TESTING.