Successful Assessment 101 Video Series - NOW 2 OPTIONS!

The original IL ASCD Introductory 4 part Series

Assessment Overview, National, State and Local Assessment


The NEW Local Assessment Literacy  8 part Series

Used these on-demand videos for:

Department meetings, faculty meetings, college classes, PLC teams, parent meetings, Board of Ed meetings,

Grade level meetings, Indivudal PD



Not webinars, but live-capture presentations defining and exploring how testing in standards-based learning environments leads to successful growth model attainment.

Each video begins with definitions of the tests in the area being covered.  Detailed information about their impact on the learning in classrooms will be provided.

Each video allows break times within the 30-45 minute time period for discussion by the viewing group under the leadership of the local host (principal, professor, department chair, PLC leader, etc.).



The original IL ASCD Introductory 4 part Series

Assessment Overview, National, State and Local Assessment


Module 1:
Overview of Assessment Types

- Understand the differences between the three types of assessment—National, District, and Local/Classroom


- Understand how to create a balanced picture of student achievement and growth using all three types of assessment


- Review specific examples of each type of assessment, and categorize the assessments currently administered to students


- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of assessment

Module 2:
National Assessment

- Understand how national assessments inform instruction and meet evaluation needs


- Review specific examples of national tests and identify common features


- Discuss the weaknesses of national assessments with your team—and plan how you'll address them


- Understand the 4 primary strengths of national assessments


- Understand the difference between attainment and growth, and how they're measured

Module 3:
District Assessment

- Identify the characteristics of a good district assessment


- Compare sources of district assessments—also known as Benchmark or Type II assessments


- Discuss the benefits and challenges of different sources of district level assessments


- Make the case for developing your own district assessments instead of buying assessments


Module 4:
Local/Classroom Assessment

- Understand the core elements of rigorous, standards-aligned local assessments


- Work with your team to conduct an analysis of a sample local assessment item using a rubric


- Put a plan in place to ensure that local assessments generate the best possible evidence of student proficiency


- Learn how to create assessments that meet five key criteria

The NEW Illinois ASCD Local Assessment Literacy

Module Descriptions:


Module 1:

- Local Assessment Litearcy

- Video Series Overview (FREE)


Module 2:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- Critical Terms and Concepts

Module 3:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- The Link Between Standards and Evidence

- Appropriately Matching Assessment Itens to Levels of Rigor

Module 4:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- Selected Response - Do's and Don'ts

Module 5:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- Constructed Response - Rubrics and Scoring Guides

Module 6:

- Local Assessment Litearcy

- Daily Formative Assessment - "Tasting the Soup"

Module 7:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- Performance Tasks - The Gold Standard

Module 8:

- Local Assessment Literacy

- Common Assessment Review and Analysis: Converting Research into Practice for Students




Check Out the Assessment video from IL ASCD on Vimeo.



Linda Brissenden, Teacher, Principal, Staff Developer

Steve Oertle, Teacher, Principal, Asst. Superintendent, Creator of CourseMason and Staff Developer

Jennifer Garrison, Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Staff Developer

Quintin Shepherd, Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Staff Developer

What's Included:

  • Downloadable HD Videos
  • Facilitator Directions
  • Participant Handouts
  • PowerPoint Slides

You'll get everything you need to facilitate an effective professional development session for your group.

Each video is timed to fit within a 1-hour staff meeting (35 to 45 minutes running time), including ample time for discussion, the included activities, and opening/closing time.

The videos are provided in high-definition 1080p MP4 format. We recommend using a large screen with a high-definition projector for the best experience, and providing slide handouts if a smaller screen will be used.

The files total about 15GB in size. If download speed is a concern, you can also order the program on a USB flash drive.

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