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ERIC Number: EJ810103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Interim Assessments: A User's Guide
Marshall, Kim
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n1 p64-68 Sep 2008
Interim assessments are hot in American schools. Also called benchmark or periodic tests, these assessments are given every four to nine weeks to check on students' progress. Although interim assessments are an important tool for school improvement, they are easy to misuse. In the author's work coaching principals in a number of districts, he has identified some common problems in the use of interim assessments. In this article, the author provides ten guidelines for using these tests effectively. These are: (1) build understanding and trust; (2) clarify learning outcomes; (3) set a multi-year target and annual SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, Time-bound) goals; (4) get good interim assessments; (5) schedule assessments and time for immediate follow-up; (6) involve teachers in making sense of the assessments; (7) display data effectively; (8) hold candid data meetings and planning for action; (9) involve students in the process; and (10) follow up relentlessly. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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