Strengthening Assessment Literacy to Increase Student Achievement


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Learn and apply the use of Evidence-Centered Design (ECD) to develop quality formative assessments that better allow educators to drive instructional decisions and to use these assessments to make next-steps instructional decisions. Participants are welcome to bring a draft lesson plan with a formative assessment to work with during application activities; for those that do not bring their own samples, materials will be provided.


  • Teachers will learn how to develop classroom-based formatives, checklists, and rubrics aligned to standards to gather information to plan effective lessons.
  • School leaders will learn how to coach educators to develop standards-aligned formative assessments and use the data  effectively in daily instructional planning.
  • System leaders will learn how to use Evidence-Centered Design to develop assessments (interims, benchmarks, diagnostics) and how to coach others to use these assessments effectively.

This was a perfect example of adult education in action! Everything was perfect!

— Brad Dale-Adult Education Instructor

I have strategies and supports to more effectively lead the change that is happening in my state and my region. I feel prepared to tackle complex issues with facilitation more effectively.

— Norma Gerrell, Learning Forward, TN Affiliate