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.