KnowledgeBases > The Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase > Element 2 > Activity 2 > Task 1: Identify Available Pre-existing Assessments
There are a number of pre-existing assessment instruments available for teachers to use. The challenge lies in identifying the instuments useful for a teacher's assessment purpose. Having an approach to identify and properly evaluate useful pre-existing formative assessments is imperative.
This list of commercially available assessments is provided for informational purposes. The Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center has neither reviewed nor endorses the assessments listed or the organizations offering them.
This link is to the Kansas Assessment Program Management Tool. As noted at its website, the "KCA TestBuilder is a free online tool that allows teachers to prepare for the state-mandated Kansas Assessments. Using the same KCA testing engine that is used for the Kansas Assessments, teachers can create and administer their own standards-based formative practice tests in a secure online environment." While specific to Kansas, it is offered as an example of what a state might do to support formative assessment.
The Standards-Aligned Classroom Initiative developed by the Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers in Illinois, in collaboration with and funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, serves as an example of a state-level effort to help teachers understand and integrate classroom assessment with applicable state performance standards.
This January 2006 article from www.TechLearning.com looks at assessment products through a series of questions district leaders and teachers should consider when evaulating them.
This link is to a Center on Instruction report on M-CBM (Mathematics Curriculum-based Measurement). As noted at its website, the report provides "a brief history, basic procedures, implications for practice, and further resources. It also reviews the research that supports the use of M-CBM."