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Assessment Literacy

Assessment literacy refers to the knowledge, skills, and process associated with designing, selecting, implementing, scoring, and/or using high-quality assessments to improve student learning (U.S. Department of Education).

Assessment literacy includes three big ideas: What someone knows about assessment, what someone believes about assessment, and what someone does with assessment.

Assessment Literacy Resources
Why Is It Important to Assess? Why do we assess students? What can different stakeholders take away from assessment data? This resource explains the purpose of assessment and how it encourages informed decision-making by many parties.
Understanding Statewide Assessments Learn about statewide assessments (including federal requirements), how educators are involved in the test development process, what resources are available, how the results of these assessments are used, and more.
Implementing a System of Assessments How can I use strategies from formative and summative assessments to contribute to measuring student progress?
Assessment Development and Classroom Assessment Practices How are strong summative assessments created? This infographic describes the processes used to create statewide assessments and how those processes can be integrated into the development of classroom assessments.
Creating & Analyzing Quality Classroom Assessments Consider the foundations and goals that contribute to strong classroom assessments, including Depth of Knowledge (DoK) principles and applying assessment literacy.

Please contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment via email at or phone at 317-232-9050 with any questions regarding statewide assessments and assessment literacy.