Given that the purpose of assessments (such as quizzes, tests,
surveys, and observations) is to improve student learning, this
course focuses on strategies and techniques for creating effective
classroom assessments. As Stiggins (2001) stated, "Classroom
assessment information is the essential fuel that powers the learning
systems for students" (p. 18).
This Basic Concepts lesson begins by differentiating between formative
and summative assessments and defining several target areas for
assessments. Issues related to objectives and test reliability and
validity are also included.