Why We Do This Work

Why do we do this work?

We believe…

Every child deserves a quality education that prepares him for success. Quality education depends on the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and balanced, meaningful assessment that enhances as well as verifies learning. While education advocates are focused on closing achievement gaps and preparing every student for success, Michigan Assessment Consortium members believe neither will be possible if the education system perpetuates current assessment practices, which focus more on documenting success or failure than on supporting learning.

The purpose of good assessment is to support student learning, and classroom teachers much be assessment literate. To improve educational results, schools must:

  1. Adopt standards and educator curriculum for assessment literacy
  2. Improve assessment literacy and skill among educators
  3. Implement formative assessment practices to balance assessment
  4. Embrace assessment as a positive tool to guide teaching and learning.