What are assessments?

Students in a classroom sitting at desks taking a test on laptops.

To know if students are meeting the standards, their progress must be measured over time. Most of this measuring will occur in the classroom where teachers see students on a daily basis. There, teachers can check progress in many ways—by observing, questioning, reviewing work assignments, testing or judging projects and performances.  Some of these measures will occur on a larger scale through district and state assessments designed specifically to check students’ performance against the standards across the state. 

Each level of measurement in and of itself cannot provide a complete picture of student achievement. Taken together, however, a learning profile can emerge, allowing students, parents and educators to know how well students are doing and where improvements are needed. By extension, progress data can inform teachers and administrators about where to make changes and improvements in programs, resources and support.