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Colorado Assessment Literacy Program
Colorado Assessment Literacy Program
The Colorado Assessment Literacy Program offers tools and resources aimed at supporting educators’ efforts to expand their understanding of the varied purposes and uses of assessment information and guiding instruction to improve student engagement and learning. The program includes resources that help to build capacity across districts, align and develop sustainable, local assessment systems. Local assessment systems include classroom, district, and state assessments as well as formative assessment practices.
In addition, the program helps educators design, implement and use assessments effectively to guide and support instruction, and make important programmatic and resource decisions that benefit all students. Educators who complete the program have a better understanding of how to strategically use assessment information to improve instructional outcomes for all students.
Assessment Literacy Professional Learning Modules
These FREE online Professional Learning Modules are designed for educators to participate individually or as a team and provide the opportunity for educators to engage in a variety of activities that can be applied directly in the classroom. Upon completion of this program, educators will have a better understanding of how to strategically use assessment information to improve instructional outcomes for all students.
To access the modules visit the Professional Learning Modules web page and set up an account.
Creating Meaningful Classroom Assessments - Workshop
A year-long assessment learning and development pilot was conducted with Steamboat Springs Schools District for district leaders, building leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers. The outcome of the pilot was the Creating Meaningful Classroom Assessments workshop with materials that offer an interactive learning experience for schools and districts as well as resources that can be customized to a local context focused on student engagement and learning.
- Creating Meaningful Classroom Assessments Train the Trainer Manual
- Creating Meaningful Classroom Assessment Presentation
For workshop materials, contact Angela Landrum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-866-6931.
Assessment Resource Bank
The Assessment Resource Bank contains assessments and assessment review and development tools to support Colorado educators in the evaluation of student learning. The assessments include examples of high-quality assessments aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards for all grades and content areas. These assessments are intended to serve as models for local assessment selection and development that more directly measure student learning as aligned to local curriculum. The Assessment Review Tool evaluates the rigor and alignment of local and district assessments to the Colorado Academic Standards.
Visit the Assessment Resource Bank.
Assessment Design Toolkit
The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation has collaborated with the Reform Support Network to share this Assessment Design Toolkit. The toolkit includes videos and supplemental materials to help teachers write and select well-designed assessments. Although the primary audience is teachers and principals, district and state leaders can use the toolkit to design professional development opportunities.
View the Assessment Design Toolkit.
Formative Assessment Insights Course
The Colorado Department of Education, in partnership with WestEd, created an innovative professional learning experience for teachers that improves their use of formative assessment practices to support deeper learning for all students. This course has an interactive platform that provides teachers the opportunities to learn with like-minded colleagues in their own school and in other schools around the country and apply their learning through demonstrations or modeling and practice.
Visit the Formative Assessment Insights Course to learn more.
- Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System (WestEd 2017)
- Comprehensive Standards-based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning (Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation, 2016)
- Setting the Stage for Formative Assessment Webinars (Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation, 2018)
For additional information or questions about the Colorado Assessment Literacy Program, contact Angela Landrum at email@example.com or 303-866-6931.