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Strategic assessment systems that emphasize formative practices are a proven driver of improved student outcomes and successful continuous improvement processes. Educators, schools, and districts are engaging in ongoing professional learning around strategic assessment, strategic data use, as well as assessment and data literacy to fuel their continuous improvement process.

The Department of Public Instruction provides access to a variety of resources to support educators, teams, schools, and districts in deepening the knowledge, implementing the practices, and embedding the habits related to strategic assessment.

*NEW Assessment and Data Literacy Professional Learning Modules

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These three Data and Assessment Literacy modules provide flexible learning opportunities for pre-service teachers, veteran teachers, administrators, and school board members. They may be accessed via slides to be used as a district-wide, school-wide, or small group PLC learning experience or individually online. The modules are broken down into smaller units of study that can be taken in any order, at any point in time based on the specific needs                                                      of the user.

Assessment Literacy Module Units Include: Introduction to Assessment Literacy, Know Why and What You are Assessing, How am I Assessing?, Analyzing Standards and Instructional Planning, Create and Communicate Learning Standards in Student Friendly Language , Eliminating Barriers in Your Assessments, and The Role of Students in Assessments

Data Literacy Module Units Include: Introduction to Data Literacy, Effective Data Use, and Data-Literate Educators

Strategic Assessment Module Units Include: Introduction to Strategic Assessment Systems, Formative Assessment Process, Interim Assessments, and Summative Assessments 

Assessment in Action:Throughout Wisconsin, districts and schools are pioneering promising practices in student assessment, moving from the theory stage of a strategic assessment system to the implementation stage. This module reflects a glimpse of what Strategic Assessment Systems look like in schools and districts across Wisconsin.

Recommended Reading

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  • SLDS Data Use Standards - Review the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors needed for effective data use.
For questions about this information, contact Lauren Zellmer (608) 266-8499