The Assessment Review Tool is designed to help Colorado educators rate an assessment’s potential for measuring student academic growth aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. The collaborative use of this tool is one way that districts and BOCES can include teachers in a discussion regarding the assessment measures used in their performance evaluations. Proper use of the Assessment Review Tool requires thorough documentation of the rating for each assessment and, in turn, will build confidence and support in using the assessments for evaluation purposes. This tool helps measure the extent to which as assessment does the following:
- Aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards
- Includes rigorous scoring criteria
- Is fair and unbiased
- Provides opportunities for learning
Assessment Review Tool - Use of the Assessment Review Tool is the first step in ensuring that measurements of student academic growth are fair, valid and reliable. Users will need to use Microsoft Excel or a compatible program to access and use the tool.
Instructions on using the Assessment Review Tool - This document explains how to use the Assessment Review Tool. A PowerPoint version with detailed talking points is also available that can be used for training purposes.
Recorded Webinar on the Assessment Review Tool - Watch this guided walkthrough of the Assessment Review Tool from the National Center for Assessment. This presentation was originally given to help orient the Content Collaboratives to the tool.
Recorded Webinar on Reviewing and Selecting Assessments - This short presentation by the National Center for Assessment provides an orientation to the process of selecting assessments and understanding the terminology used in reviewing and selecting assessments.
Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Level Charts - These charts explain the different types of depth of knowledge levels and should be used in conjunction with the Assessment Review Tool when rating an assessment's level of rigor and alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards and subject area.
DOK general chart - explains the four different types of DOK levels
DOK for art
DOK for english and language arts
DOK for math and science
Coding the Colorado Academic Standards - This document explains the reference system used for the Colorado Academic Standards. Educators should use this tool to understand and reference the standards being tested in assessments.