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"Assessment literacy is essentially in this era where important decisions are being made about students, educators, and educational systems based on the data collected from students. Understanding the appropriate roles that student assessment can play to determine levels of student achievement and educational accomplishment, as well as to guide improved learning, is critical."

-Assessment Literacy Standards, p3. Michigan Assessment Consortium (2017)


What is Assessment Literacy?

 Assessment literacy is the set of beliefs, knowledge and practices about assessment that lead a teacher, administrator, policymaker, or students and their families, to use assessment to improve student learning and achievement. 


Assessment Literacy Standards

The Michigan State Board of Education in May 2016 endorsed a set of Assessment Literacy Standards for administrators, teachers, students, parents, and policymakers. These standards, developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) serve as the foundation from which educators and others come to understand what assessment literacy means and the role and purpose of comprehensive, balanced, quality assessment systems.


MDE Focus on Assessment Literacy Spotlight Series

These short, one-page lessons introduce key assessment concepts in an easy-to-read format. Each easy-to-read article includes links to resources and tips for sharing the learning with others. Watch for new content each month in the MDE's Spotlight Newsletter

About this series

What is Assessment Literacy and Why is it Important?

What is the Purpose of Assessment? 

What is the Purpose of Summative Assessment? 

What is the Purpose of Interim Assessments? 

What is the Formative Assessment Process and why is it Critical to Teaching and Learning? 

What Can we Learn from State Summative Assessment Score Reports and What Should we do with that Knowledge?

Validity: The most Important Concept in Educational Testing

Reliability: The Necessary Precursor to Validity

Why is Fairness in Educational Testing as Important as Validity and Reliability in the Creation and Evaluation of Assessments?

What is Performance Assessment and why is it a useful Form of Assessment?

How can a School or District Implement a Comprehensive Assessment System that Addresses the Assessment needs of the Education Community?

Early Literacy Assessment Systems: Supporting all Michigan Students (PreK-20)

How do English Learners Participate in Michigan State Assessments?

How can Assessment be Used to Accelerate Student Learning?

How to use Diagnostic Assessments to Advance Student Learning

Assessment Reading List 2019

Assessment Reading List 2020

Assessment Reading List 2021


Bright Ideas Series

A recurring Spotlight column that highlights strategies for putting assessment literate practice to work -- whether you are working remotely, in a hybrid format, or in person.

Benchmark Assessment: Purpose and Planning

Using the Formative Assessment Process in a Virtual World: Getting Started

Using the Formative Assessment Process in a Virtual World: Effective Formative Feedback

Using Online Formative Assessment Strategies that Keep Students Engaged

Online Formative Assessment Strategies that Help Students with Disabilities