Reporting Assessment Results

Question 6-6: Has consideration been given in designing the assessment system to the nature of the score reports and to the intended inferences that the assessment information will be used to support?

Question 6-7: Have the state and its contractors developed strategies to ensure that reports of assessment results are accessible, relevant, and meaningful to the targeted audiences and that they are provided in a timely manner?

Question 6-8: Do assessment reports include information on the precision of scores and on the accuracy with which the scores can be used to classify students by performance levels? Do they include information about and examples of the appropriate and inappropriate use of the scores and about the kinds of inferences that can and cannot be supported by the results?

Professional Development

Question 6-9: Do the state’s teachers, school administrators, and policy makers have ongoing opportunities to build their understanding of current assessment practices and expand their skills in using and interpreting assessment results?

Question 6-10: Do school, district, and state education administrative personnel possess sufficient assessment competence to use assessment information accurately and to communicate it effectively to interested stakeholders?

Question 6-11: Do school, district, and state education administrative personnel have sufficient resources to collect, store, manage, and analyze the data collected through the assessment system?

Question 6-12: Do the state, school districts, and schools include science educators in every step of the assessment process (from the design of the assessments to data collection to the use and interpretation of the results), thereby providing ongoing opportunities for individuals at each of these levels to build their understanding of current assessment practices and expand their skills in using and interpreting assessment results?

Question 6-13: Do the state’s teacher licensing regulations for certification and recertification require that all candidates demonstrate assessment competence at a level commensurate with their area of certification?

Question 6-14: Does the state require as part of its certification and recertification standards that all teachers of science possess knowledge of the subjects they teach as well as the knowledge necessary to teach science well?



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