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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.

How do you know if an assessment is high quality?

ANet blog

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

Help us spread opportunity for all students: please share posts that you find valuable with your colleagues. And please add your thoughts in the comments: we would love this blog to facilitate knowledge-sharing in all directions.

How do you know if an assessment is high quality?

Jeff Odell

There are a lot of assessment providers out there, and they all claim to provide high quality. But how do you really know?

Assessment quality matters if you want insights that positively impact teaching and learning. Without it, you’re wasting the time and effort of teachers and students.

Determining the quality of an assessment requires a certain amount of expert knowledge and a lot of analysis. It involves weighing diverse considerations, including your purpose, alignment to standards, item types, fit with curriculum, reporting, and a variety of technical factors.

Help is available!

Fortunately, the Louisiana DOE stepped up to conduct the only transparent, comprehensive independent review of interim assessments and other curricular materials. You can learn a lot by reviewing their rubrics and the conclusions they’ve reached.

We’re proud that the LDOE found that our interims are among the few that merit their top rating of “Tier 1.”

Special features of ANet interims

Besides their expertise and professionalism, our team of assessment developers enjoys two unique advantages:

  • Constant feedback from our deep partnerships with schools

  • A laser-like focus on one purpose—informing instruction

As a result, our interims are full of special features that, our partners tell us, make them particularly instructionally useful.

Take a look at some of those features for our ELA and Math instructional interims in the slide decks below!

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