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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Formative Assessments

ANet was founded to meet the urgent need, expressed repeatedly by educators, for high-quality formative assessments. While our eleven years supporting schools have taught us that assessments and data are only one piece of the puzzle, we have continued to deepen our assessment expertise. 

 
  1. Huge news! The first rigorous independent review of formative assessments awarded ANet its top rating! Read all about it.

Here’s a collection of assessment-related lessons we’ve learned from our partners.

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Flipping the way we think about assessments

ANet cofounder, former president, and board member John Maycock makes the case for turning our approach to assessments on its head.

“We need to flip the way we think about assessments away from the idea that they are only a vehicle for data, and towards the idea that they are powerful instructional resources.”

 

Don’t just weigh the pig.

In education, we’re obsessed with data. We want data about how much students have grown, what percent of the standards they have mastered, and how they’ll perform on the state summative. But how much of this data is really useful? What data do teachers and parents need to make decisions about how to help students learn?

 
Let's be honest: this is a lousy chef's knife. [Swiss Army, CC2.0 by Jim Pennucci]

Let's be honest: this is a lousy chef's knife. [Swiss Army, CC2.0 by Jim Pennucci]

With assessments, one size can’t fit all.

Think about some of the reasons we assess: to measure growth, as a diagnostic, for accountability/evaluation, or to inform teachers’ instructional decisions. 

How could any one assessment do all of those things well?

 

Educators frequently tell us that ANet’s assessments are the best available anywhere.

Learn more about them.

Assessment data can be a game-changer when we use it as an instructional tool to help students and teachers learn.

We’ve collected lessons we’ve learned from our partners, along with tools and resources to implement these practices, in our Lessons from the Field.