Assessment refers to the different ways - methods and tools - educators and students use to reflect on, evaluate, measure, and document readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, or learning needs.
Data are collected and reviewed to identify patterns and learning trajectories at the individual and group levels. This analysis allows educators and students answer the questions “what happened?” as well as “how do we know?” to inform further stages of data use.
A record of progress (sometimes referred to as a “learner profile”) shows an up-to-date record of each student’s individual strengths, needs, motivations, and goals.
As data are collected, analyzed, and compiled, educators, students, and families engage in an ongoing monitoring and sharing process to set goals, change plans, and stay on track.
Educators and students set aside concrete blocks of time to look at data, set goals, and plan.
Once data are analyzed, educators, students, and families use the insights gained to identify specific, concrete steps to address progress.