New Module: Designing Sound Assessment: Putting the Pieces Together

No matter how good each of your assessment components is, the ultimate challenge is to put those pieces together into a meaningful and informative whole.

Poorly designed assessment wastes time and effort – but worse yet, it actually undermines student engagement and success. On the other hand, sound assessment design will help you ensure that you and your students practice and gather the right kinds of evidence, in the right amounts, to point you toward appropriate next steps in learning.

In DSA: Designing and Critiquing Sound Assessment, you will be using everything you have learned in the Designing Sound Assessment series. You will be using every piece of the puzzle to provide a complete, accurate picture of student learning.


But, sound design does not just mean using each method well – it also means balancing the four methods of assessment in order to help make the most efficient use of our scarcest resource of all: time.

Be efficient and save time by asking yourself:

  • What is the fastest, reliable means to measure what my students know and can do?
  • What combinations of evidence will provide a clearer picture of student learning?
  • How can I reserve my “highest-cost assessment” – that is, my extended written response and performance tasks – to address the richest, highest-priority, learning?

So, are you ready to put the pieces together? If so, I invite you to enroll in the online module (Ohio Portal login required) where you will learn to:

  • Understand the importance of purpose and efficiency in sound assessment design.
  • Design and critique sound pre-assessment that measures where students ‘enter’ the learning.
  • Design and critique sound interim assessment to know where students are as they ‘progress’ through the learning.
  • Design and critique sound post assessment that measures where students ‘exit’ the learning.