How to Design and Select Quality Assessments

Teachers as well as building and district leaders who are implementing the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System will benefit from training and support related to selecting, developing and using assessments. The Ohio Department of Education, in conjunction with Battelle for Kids, is offering this support through activities aimed at helping participants enhance their “assessment literacy” skills.

Professional Development Materials

The Assessment Literacy Overview Presentation  was used in the full-day Assessment Literacy sessions held during the 2013-2014 school year. It introduces educators to the foundations of assessment literacy and quality assessment design and focuses on the key skills and knowledge needed to critically design and review assessments, including: validity, reliability, bias, and cognitive complexity. Regional Field Specialists are available to provide free, on-site professional development to support districts with this work.

Educators can now access four sets of online assessment literacy resources within the Battelle for Kids Ohio portal. The materials are appropriate for all educators but are especially helpful for those developing measures of student growth through student learning objectives.

Designed for use in collaborative settings, the materials include PowerPoint presentations, facilitation guides, and suggested activities for 30-minute learning labs. In addition to an overview of assessment literacy, participants can learn more about Webb’s depth of knowledge, as well as key skills needed to critically develop, review and score varied types of assessments.

Assistance from a regional field specialist

Contact the regional field specialist assigned to your region indicated below for assistance. These specialists can offer professional development which includes a variety of tools to facilitate the effective, meaningful design and implementation of assessments in classrooms.  


Last Modified: 10/22/2015 2:17:40 PM