Ensuring Effective Local Assessments
by Brandon Langer
March 1, 2021

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Determine the Focus of Your Assessments

LEA Assessment Plan 

Is there a district/building assessment plan/calendar/map accessible to all? 

    • What is the purpose of each assessment? 
    • What types of assessment types are included? 
    • What grade levels/courses are assessed? 
    • What is the assessment schedule and how is it communicated? What reporting/feedback protocols are utilized? 
    • What are the modes of administration?

Assessment Considerations 

    • Are assessment items reflective of the rigor of the standards being  assessed? 
    • Are students assessed at the appropriate level of Webb’s Depth of  Knowledge? 
    • Does the schedule include the appropriate amount of time for content  instruction prior to assessment? 
    • Are authentic assessments in place (in online formats)? 
    • Have accommodations been made for identified populations? 
    • What is the expectation for teachers to assess students in an online/hybrid  format? 

Select An Appropriate Assessment For Your Needs

Utilize Free PDE Assessment Tools

Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT)

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDTs) is a set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction, remediation, and/or acceleration. CDT reports provide a snapshot of student performance relative to the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors & Eligible Content and Keystone Assessment Anchors & Eligible Content. 

SAS Assessment Center

The SAS Assessment Center allows registered users to create and build assessments by searching the PDE database of standards-aligned items and/or creating their own assessment items.

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.