Principle 8: Optimal Assessment Practices

Optimal Assessment Practices


Assessment practices must support optimal progress for all students by collecting and studying evidence of learning in its many forms and using that evidence to make decisions about future learning needs. Moreover, assessments must be designed in ways to assist students in their pursuit of divergent interests.

  • The assessment process must focus on understanding what and how students are learning, diagnosing learning needs, making decisions about curriculum and instruction, designing appropriate professional development, using evidence to illustrate trends in learning, and directing resource allocations.
  • Teachers should participate in frequent conversations about student work and evidence of student understanding.
  • Testing that is detrimental to students and/or the system of public education itself (e.g. high stakes standardized testing; excessive test preparation; inappropriate value-added measurement) should not be permitted.