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Assessment and Measurement in a Personalized Competency-Based System
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Reinventing Schools PD Services
Reinventing Schools PD Services

Assessment and Measurement in a Personalized Competency-Based System

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You’ve taken the plunge into the deep end of competency-based learning. Now how will you measure student proficiency? This workshop introduces the concept of and practical strategies for taking a measurement perspective to support a system in which teachers test less but assess more. For example, to avoid problems associated with over-testing and relying too heavily on a single assessment, teachers can use a variety of assessment types and look at multiple assessments administered over time on the same topic to determine student scores.

This interactive workshop introduces strategies and guidance for creating an efficient and precise system that measures individual students’ status and growth on specific topics. Participants will learn about common assessment issues in competency-based systems, how the use of proficiency scales helps to avoid these issues, and strategies for assessing learning, recording scores, and arriving at summative scores.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about common pitfalls of assessment systems, including violating the principle of unidimensionality, over-relying on summative assessments, and over-testing.
  • Learn how to use proficiency scales as the basis for a classroom assessment system.
  • Understand the variety of assessments available to teachers in a personalized competency-based system.
  • Learn a process for using multiple assessments administered over time on the same topic to determine a student’s score at any point in time.
  • Learn an approach for recording scores that makes a personalized competency-based system work.
  • Learn different methods for determining a summative score.
  • Learn strategies for assessing cognitive and metacognitive skills.

Recommended Participants

District leaders, school leaders, teachers

Time Frame

Two days