Practice Brief 65 -- Topics: Equity Assessment

Using 3D interim assessments to support coherence, equity, and a shared understanding of learning

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Why it Matters to You
  • Teachers, collaborating with colleagues, should use interim assessments to analyze the extent to which their instruction is supporting student learning.
  • PD Providers should provide learning experiences for teachers focused on using a system of assessment that includes the use of interim assessments.
  • School & District Leaders, in collaboration with teachers, should use interim assessments to improve instructional or curriculum choices based on data analyzed across classes, classrooms, and schools.

What Is The Issue?

A Framework for K–12 Science Education, NGSS writers, and assessment experts have put forth a vision focused on developing a “bottom up” system of assessments starting at the classroom level—when integrated into instructional units. This helps teachers make ongoing instructional adjustments, and it would promote vertically coherent assessments at school-, district-, and state-levels. Interim assessments—that fall between formative and summative—can be a valuable part of a more balanced and comprehensive 3D assessment system.


By Todd Campbell, Jonathan Hall, Peter McLaren, Jeff Greig, Sean Elkins, John Duffy, Holly Hollander | January 2020

​Reflection questions

  • What shared model of learning guides curriculum, instruction, and interim assessments?
  • Who will be involved in interim assessment teams?
  • What is the purpose of your team’s work with interim assessments (e.g., supporting classroom instruction, providing insight into curriculum and learning across systems)?

Things To Consider

Attending to Equity

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