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How to create assessments for the Common Core

How to create assessments for the Common Core

How to create new formative assessments to measure complex student comprehension

assessments-common coreThe rigors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ask today’s educators not to simply measure students’ factual knowledge, but instead accurately assess students’ critical thinking. With such a major transition from multiple-choice testing, it’s important to know how to create assessments for these 21st Century standards.

“The most important question to ask at the onset of assessment creation is: ‘How might we develop and use rich tasks to focus on those outcomes that matter most, and make school more relevant and engaging for learners and teachers?’” explained Jay McTighe, consultant and author of the new Lumibook, Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most, during a webinar hosted by the School Improvement Network.

McTighe emphasized that through its detailed standards, the aim of Common Core—as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—is autonomous transfer, or student comprehension and understanding of concepts, rather than facts.

(Next page: Is there a “best” assessment?)

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