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Michigan Department of Education Resources

  • Assessment and Accountability Grades K-12

  • District Assessment Inventory Toolkit - This assessment inventory is a tool to assist districts with understanding the assessments given, the reason for the assessments, and data provided after administering the assessment.  Districts may use this tool to help refine district level testing, to fill in gaps where assessment may be needed, and to communicate with stakeholders.  The intent of this tool is to help district leaders with developing a balanced assessment system using high-quality assessments that show where all students' strengths exist.  For interested educators, additional information on the use of an assessment inventory and the intent behind can be found on the Achieve website

  • District Assessment Inventory Resources
  • Balanced Assessment SystemBecause no one assessment is able to provide answers to all questions around instructional decisions based on learning scaffolding, departmental alignment, and systemic adjustments; the MDE suggests that districts develop a Balanced Assessment System including diagnostic (measure students’ knowledge and skills before instruction), formative (to adjust instruction based on student progression toward learning targets), interim (to measure progress toward academic goals and standards) and summative (to measure student mastery of standards and drive local district decision making) components.

  • Types of Assessment - including District Supported Use of Formative Assessment, District Administered Universal Screening, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative Assessments.

College Board Resources 

Classroom Assessment Resources

Classroom assessment is primarily made up of formative and summative assessments. These assessments may occur using the following methods: selected response, constructed responses, technology enhanced, products and personal communication. Assessments are not only paper and pencil or computer-based type tests, but performances, creation of products, and communication between the students and teacher through dialogue or writing.

Additional Assessment Resources