Assessment literacy is defined as the skills and knowledge teachers require to measure and support student learning through assessment. 2
Teachers who are assessment literate:
- produce quality assessment
- demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to validly and reliably assess students’ learning
- apply standards/descriptions consistently to, and make judgments about, students’ learning/work
- interpret and apply the feedback and data from assessment to improve teaching and learning.
Students who are assessment literate are able to:
- understand the purpose of what they are doing
- understand the basis on which judgments will be made
- demonstrate this understanding through their engagement with assessment
- reflect on feedback and apply it in the future.
2 Brookhart 2011 cited in C DeLuca, D LaPointe-McEwan & U Luhanga 2016, ‘Approaches to classroom assessment inventory: A new instrument to support teacher assessment literacy’, Educational Assessment, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 248–266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10627197.2016.1236677.