Ohio’s move toward embedded assessments

As the pilot expands, the state will follow a model in which teachers create learning task shells at summer institutes, vendors finish those learning tasks and create assessment tasks, and teachers receiving training to score the assessment tasks.

Ohio is working with Measured Progress, a developer of K-12 student assessments, to create the learning and assessment tasks.

Measured Progress staff work with Ohio teachers to expand professional learning and train them to create these tasks.

State education leaders’ goal is that the learning and assessment tasks “go far beyond a string of open-response questions. The call is for students to demonstrate their mastery in ways other than writing, such as hands-on tasks.”

Curriculum-embedded performance assessment is only successful if many other parts of an education system are run correctly.

“Curriculum-embedded performance assessment is something that, if it’s done right, you must be doing a lot of other things right,” said Stuart Kahl, a founding principal of Measured Progress. “It requires an awful lot of other things to be going well.”

States are moving to deeper learning because there’s a demand for it from political and education leaders, as well as from new standards like the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, Kahl said. In addition, “it’s good practice. We’ve been here before and we’ve seen the need for students to have higher-order skills.” The goal, he added, is having students apply the skills they’ve learned.

Laura Ascione

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