Create classroom assessments
Why do we need this test?
Why am I administering this assessment?
Purpose of the assessment
The use of the data defines the aim of the test.
Questions to determine need
- How will this assessment help learning and instruction?
- Why do we need the student performance data?
- What use do we have for the student results?
- How will the data be used to help students improve learning?
- Will the results help instruction?
- Is the data going to be shared?
- How will feedback from the assessment help our students?
- Are all students expected to take the test?
- What accommodations are acceptable?
- What intervention will we use to improve future learning?
Focus each assessment on your instructional goals and needs.
- Outline or blueprint the assessment.
- Select a test format that best suits your data needs and instructional focus in the classroom.
- Add passages, items, and prompts that match the skills and concepts from your outline.
- Balance the rigor and complexity of the assessment including readings, graphs, and illustrations.
- Avoid items that cue or answer other questions on the test.
- Create an assessment a student will finish in your expected schedule.
Review and question the items
- Does the item mix assess the standards in more than one way?
- Does each standard or domain tested match instruction and the standards?
- Does each item measure the expected learning in the classroom?
- Is there a proper mix of item difficulty and complexity for the overall test and each concept?
- Does every question measure a skill or content identified in the plan or outline?
- Do the questions work together to create a complete picture of student learning?
- Do any questions cue or help answer other items?