LAUSD Assessment Development
EA is currently partnering with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a research project on supporting teacher-developed assessments with the intent of using these assessments in the district goal setting process. The project brought together teachers from several traditionally non-tested grades and subjects to develop their own assessments that they can use as a framework for setting Data-Based Objectives.
EA's process for supporting high-quality assessment development is rigorous and comprehensive, involving intensive, collaborative teacher professional development, test blueprint creation and item writing, multiple rounds of item review and editing, pilot testing, and psychometric analysis. In addition to the development of high-quality assessments for non-tested grades and subjects, this work has led to:
- the facilitation of assessment literacy learning that can be applied to classroom instruction and other assessments; and
- a collaborative benefit of shared understanding of subject standards, curriculum, and instructional goals among teacher participants.