Reimagining Assessment
Reimagining Assessment

Educators are rethinking the purposes, forms, and nature of assessment. Beyond testing mastery of traditional content knowledge—an essential task, but not nearly sufficient—educators are designing assessment for learning as an integral part of the learning process.

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Primary Contact Name:
Dan French
Award Date:
March 2016
Grant Term:
12 Months
Funding Priority:
Formative Assessment, Intra/Interpersonal Skills, Educator Capacity

Performance Assessment for Learning Micro-Credentials

Participating Schools:

Location: Rhode Island
Settings: Urban, Rural, Suburban
School Type: District
Targeted Grades: K-12
Number of Participating Students: More than 1,000
Number of Participating Teachers: 10-50
Curriculum Areas: Interdisciplinary, Intra- and/orI nterpersonal Skills and Dispositions

The Team:

  • Center for Collaborative Education
  • Center for Teaching Quality
  • Rhode Island Department of Education
  • 10 schools from CCE’s Scaling Up Proficiency-Based Graduation program

The Project

The team will develop and pilot a Performance Assessment for Learning Micro-Credential system which will build the capacity of Rhode Island teachers to design, field test, score, and refine high quality performance tasks—both formative and summative. Through this process, they will also prepare practitioners to lead their respective school and district initiatives in creating personalized, proficiency-based learning and assessments for their students. The curricula will draw from the Center for Collaborative Education’s Quality Performance Assessment initiative, a framework and set of processes and tools that leverage assessment as an essential tool of equitable learning and teaching.The pilot includes micro-credentials addressing three stacks of teacher competencies:

  1. Performance Assessment Design, Validity, and Reliability
  2. Embedding, Instructing, and Assessing Habits and Dispositions
  3. Building and Leading a Performance Assessment Learning Community

The Hypothesis

IF we create a set of micro-credentials for performance assessment for learning, and recruit and train a cohort of teacher leaders from each participating school to attain the credentials, with the intent of leading faculties in building a school-wide performance assessment system, THEN we will:

  • Increase teacher knowledge and skills related to designing and implementing meaningful, complex performance assessments
  • Improve teacher practice in integrating these assessments into their classroom practice
  • Engage students in deeper and more personalized forms of learning, provide opportunities for increased student agency, and integrate essential skills, dispositions, and habits into assessments
  • Enable participating teachers and schools to be in a position to advocate and provide training for this work in their state settings

The Learning

The micro-credential system will create and model a new structure of professional development that will prove to be transformative of the culture in schools and beyond. With teachers at the center, this initiative will create systems change at three levels:

  • Grow and validate the assessment expertise of practitioners
  • Develop a network of educators poised to lead shifts in teaching practice and culture
  • Create structures, policies, and platforms that make it easier to catalyze and sustain change in professional learning.