Massachusetts NRS Assessments: All Resources, Research and Curriculum

Linking assessment, instruction and learning in Science and Mathematics - by Page Keeley
In this article, the author responds to the the question, "When do we use formative assessment and how do we pick a formative assessment technique?" She briefly explains several stages: engagement and readiness, eliciting prior knowledge, exploration and discovery, concept and skill development,...
Assessment for Learning - What Policymakers Should Know About Formative Assessment - M. Orland & J. Anderson
This article focuses on what formative assessment is and a bit about what it is not. It discusses evidence of how formative assessment affects learning. Finally, it addresses the question of next steps for policymakers.
Community of Practice (COP) - Assessment
LINCS Technology and Learning Community of Practice (COP) Become more informed, get involved, and be inspired! Share your knowledge with the Assessment Group and help advance our field of practice. The LINCS Assessment COP is a place for adult educators to discuss research and evidence-based...
The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners - AIR Research
Digital badges are a new way to capture and communicate what someone knows and can demonstrate. They represent different levels of work and engagement. This report, funded by OVAE, discusses developing and implementing a system of digital badges for adult learners. It begins a conversation.
Document, Recording
Q&A: Misconceptions About Formative Assessment-by Catherine Gewertz
This is an article/audio interview with Richard Stiggins, who is an advocate of classroom assessments in student learning. He talks about what formative assessment is and isn't and he explains the purposes and the benefits.
The Formative Assessment Action Plan - by Nancy Frey & Douglas Fisher
The authors outline a "clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach" to formative assessment. They explain four steps and how the steps work together to create a "seamless, comprehensive, formative assessment system". The approach helps to develop communication between teachers and students to...
The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's - by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Formative assessments can improve both teaching and learning if you follow the ten principles outlined in this article. The steps include: (1) Help students understand the role of formative assessment. (2) Begin with clear KUDs. (3) Make room for student differences. (4) Provide instructive...
Searching for Clarity on Formative Assessment - By Catherine Gewertz
Definitions of formative assessment vary, but most people agree that it has the power to yield information about what students are learning while they are learning it.
Video, Website
Model Curriculum Units - by ESE MA
This is a link a video about curriculum embedded assessments and how they are used in Massachusetts classrooms.
The Best Value in Formative Assessment
Ready-made benchmark tests cannot substitute for day-to-day formative assessment conducted by assessment-literate teachers.