Developing quality assessments can be challenging for a number of reasons. And, because assessments are essential in so many student-focused decisions, it’s important to get them right. Here are eight steps that teachers and curriculum directors can use to create high quality, effective assessments:

1. Use assessments to uncover good decision-making evidence. Assessment should be considered integral to the instructional process, and the development of assessments with lesson-planning improves learning outcomes. When done right, planning assessment while planning lessons not only gives instructors the evidence they need to make sound decisions, but it also ensures that curriculum, instruction, and assessment form...

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  • About the Author:

    Dave Nelson, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in teaching and assessment, and is currently a Senior Customer Success Manager at Performance Matters. Previously he taught AP Chemistry and developed assessments and assessment programs in Calvert County, Md. for 15 years. Nelson received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in measurement and assessment from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va..