2008 Testing and Assessment Archive
Talking to Your Community About Test Scores
For many parents, making sense out of their child’s test scores is like trying to understand the tax code. They know they have to deal with it; they just don’t want to. To market your schools effectively, you need to find ways to talk about test scores that don’t make parents feel like they need a doctoral degree or a foreign language translator.
Testing and Assessment Terms You Need to Know
Do data and assessment terms confuse you? Can you tell the difference between a norm- and a criterion-referenced test? What are benchmark data and why are they so important? What are school abilities tests? What is Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)? As your curriculum team clicks through these various phrases, are your eyes starting to roll up in the back of your head? Don’t worry; you are not alone.