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15 assessment data thoughts
- Assessment quality is important. A weak test provides bad data.
- Spend time and money on creating quality assessments, not using cool technology.
- Only high quality district assessments provide useful data.
- Dashboards are not as useful to teachers as most think.
- Use state test data for information on student groups and trends. The data tells you more about parents, school programs, and environment than individual teachers.
- District assessment programs should focus on big picture decisions, not individual classrooms.
- District assessments designed to help classroom instructional decisions overreach.
- Predictive summative assessments help, if they have little impact on money and instructional time.
- It is possible for a predictive assessment to narrow curriculum similar to a state assessment.
- Diagnostic assessments should be used by teams and departments to plan for instruction and reaching goals, not for prediction.
- District programs benefit from different data sets than the classroom data.
- Classroom assessments produce better information for the teacher than district tests.
- Teachers need support creating classroom assessments.
- High-quality curriculum and materials help improve performance data.
- Short term or constant change of focus does not lead to long term success.