Notes From The Coach
Common Assessment? Say What?
What is a the definition of a Common Assessment?
Collaborative Assessment Design Guidelines
There are many different ways teams go about designing common assessments, but there are some given commonalities regarding each of the following protocols. Each requires the following be determined in advance of the actual assessment construction:
- Teams must clearly identify the learning targets for the assessment. If it is an assessment that will lead to intervention or enrichment work, then it is advised to use no more than 1– 5 learning targets for that assessment. Each target requires enough of a sampling to assure understanding (generally 5 – 10 questions per target area).
- Teams must select the appropriate assessment method to match the target expectations and determine if supporting materials (checklists, rubrics, etc.) will need to accommodate the assessment.
- Teams must identify their criteria or framework for “rigor” so that questions will be reviewed with a consistent lens for quality.
- Teams must identify or develop their protocol for assessment review and acceptance.
- There should be no surprises at the conclusion of the collaborative work.
Attaching a grade to a common assessment, makes it more summative than formative.
Students do not have to know it is an assessment!
What can a common assessment look like?
- Exit Ticket
- Anticipation guide
- Short Answer
- Writing Sample
- Daily Essential Question
- Group Activity
- Learning logs
- Thinking Maps
- Various Checkpoints During A Project
Any student performance task that Professional Learning Communities develop, which include the same criteria, rigor and "protocol for assessment review and acceptance" that are tied to standards-based outcomes.