Friday, February 13, 2015

The Interim Assessment

As educators, we consistently talk about summative and formative assessments.  Interim assessments, however, seem to be acknowledged significantly less often.  Some districts look to outside organizations to help them create interim assessments that are aligned to the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  Often these assessments are used to gauge where all students lie on the continuum in order to reteach or forge on where necessary.  It can be expensive to buy premade interim assessments, but here are a few resources if you are looking to create your own.

Smarter Balanced (PARCC's computer-based testing counterpart) includes optional interim assessments.  Although non-Smarter Balanced states do not have access to the actual interim assessments, we do have access to their blueprints.  Are you curious to see if their assessments align to your scope and sequence/year-long plan?  If so, feel free to check out their math interim assessment pacing guide at: Mathematics Interim Assessment Blocks Blueprint.

Have you begun exploring Edwin Teaching and Learning?  This tool offers an excellent platform for making your own interim assessments.  There are hundreds of items to choose from and the data gets sorted and color coded for you!  If your district is not yet enrolled, check out the enrollment process here.

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