Adopting, Adapting, or Developing
an Aligned Assessment for Your Lesson
While your ultimate goal will be to help all students master the Texas
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and demonstrate student mastery
through high scores on the Texas student achievement tests,
you do not want to wait until the end-of-year test to know whether your
students learned the knowledge and skills. Instead, you will want to
develop, adapt, or adopt assessments that will tell you whether students
have learned what you expect them to learn within any given lesson.
The process we will use here is simple. Each step listed here has a link
to a more detailed page that explains what to do. Feel free to enter in
the process wherever it is appropriate for you.
Choose a set of content standards and develop your performance
descriptions and expectations.
Decide how you will communicate performance expectations to students,
parents, and others who are interested.
Develop, adapt, or adopt assessments that are aligned with and reflect
the performance descriptions and expectations.
Use the assessment results to improve student performance and your own
- Learn more about assessment.
We have gathered some helpful online resources that address various
facets of assessment.
the Teachers' Internet Use Guide Home Page
To Step 1:
Choose a Set of Content Standards and Develop Your Performance
Descriptions and Expectations
Updated August 25, 2005
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