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Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase is an online resource for state departments of education to use as part of their professional development efforts with districts and schools. Organized around five elements, it brings together concepts, how-to guidance, tools and resources about classroom assessment.

Task 3: Identify Specific Assessment to Meet Purpose and Goals

Guideline: Each assessment should have a purpose and goal. The purpose statement should describe what the teacher intends to measure. The goal statement defines how the teacher intends to use the information collected. The goal statement needs to be specific with definitive parameters to be achieved within a given timeframe.


The Helpful Hundred

This list from Instructional Media and Technologies for Learning provides 100 observable and measurable verbs useful when writing instructional objectives.

Classroom Assessment: Setting Targets and Writing Objectives

This is a portion of an online course providing guidance for setting clear and achievable targets for classroom assessments. It was developed in partnership between the Pinellas (Florida) School District and the Florida Center for Instruction Technology (FCIT) at the University of South Florida (USF).

Writing Objectives

This Penn State University resource offers a model for writing objectives addressing audience, behavior, condition and degree of mastery. Though intended for higher education, the model is adaptable for use by K-12 teachers. The resource also provides examples of well-written objectives and identifies problems encountered when writing objectives.

Writing Instructional Goals and Objectives

This Penn State University tutorial introduces instructional goals, the three types of instructional objectives and the best way to write and assess them.

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