Measuring student readiness for postsecondary education, career, and life requires assessments that go beyond content knowledge and enable students to demonstrate deeper learning skills. No single assessment or piece of student work can capture the array of student knowledge and skills needed for success, however, a system of assessments can provide information about what students know and can do.
A high-quality system of assessments measures student mastery of deeper learning skills and academic content knowledge by combining one or more of the following assessment styles:
- Performance items or tasks as part of traditional “sit-down” tests;
- Curriculum-embedded tasks carried out in the classroom during the school year;
- Portfolios or collections of evidence that display a broad set of competencies;
- A combination of traditional sit-down tests, curriculum-embedded tasks, and portfolios and exhibitions leading to a student defense.