As of May 2023, EdReports and the Center for Assessment (CfA) officially paused efforts to review commercial interim assessment products due to a lack of publisher participation. However, we hope that by sharing what we’ve learned on our extensive journey, and the tools we have created, educators can exercise their purchasing power to press the assessment market for greater transparency and quality. Students are counting on us—they deserve evidence-based support to help them learn and grow. Learn more here.
Interim Assessment Review Criteria
The interim assessment review criteria supports a sequential review process that reflect the importance of alignment to college and career-ready standards, evidence of publisher claims on design elements, and utility of the results to support teachers in appropriate ways. The criteria considers other high-quality attributes of assessments as recommended by educators and assessment experts.
The review process for assessments should be based on the uses publishers indicate their tests were designed to serve. The evaluation process includes three gateways, with each stage including specific criteria as follows:
Gateway 1: Alignment of the assessment to the expectations of college and career-ready standards and adherence to expectations for fairness and accessibility.
Gateway 2: Evidence of technical quality based on the types of information vendors provide related to student performance (i.e., achievement, predictive, sub-scores, and growth) and the ways in which they intend for that information to be used.
Gateway 3: Evidence supporting the clarity and utility of score reports and supporting resources that guide interpretation and use.
Unlike EdReports’ curriculum review tools, the interim assessment tools differ in a few significant ways should districts decide to use them for a review process:
Gateways are not designed to be sequential. Rather, reviews should be done using all gateways. The criteria used in gateways 2 and 3 would depend on the intended design of assessment products.
Scores for indicators roll up to criteria scores, but criteria scores do not roll up to gateway scores. Given the difference in criteria in the gateways, and the difference in scoring depending on claims and assessment design, EdReports and CfA felt scoring was more helpful at the criteria level.
The design process is meant for both educators and assessment experts. Gateway 1 is predominantly designed for educator reviews, gateway 2 for assessment experts with deep research and technical knowledge, and gateway 3 for both educators and experts.
Interim Assessment Evidence Guide
The interim assessment evidence guides complement the review criteria by elaborating details for each indicator including the purpose of the indicator, information on how to collect evidence, guiding questions and discussion prompts, and scoring criteria. The guides are essential for fully understanding the review criteria and working with teams to calibrate and discuss assessment quality.
Interim Assessment Implementation Guide
The interim assessment implementation guide was designed for vendors to better understand how the review criteria and evidence guides would be used to evaluate assessments as well as to clarify the type of information that would be needed to conduct a review. This guide can help those interested in using these tools to frame their request for information from assessment providers to better understand the products they are considering.