Interactive Learning Courses: Assessment Literacy Basics

Now more than ever, it’s important to understand the value of assessment and the role it plays in measuring student achievement. Assessment data is critical in understanding how our schools are serving students, and provides valuable insight into where students start and end their learning journey during a school year so we can best support their needs for success in school and in life. Assessment literacy helps to shape opinions, knowledge and practices around assessment that lead all stakeholders in our educational system – from parents to teachers to administrators and policymakers – to make more informed decisions on how to best use assessment data to support student achievement and learning.

New Meridian, in partnership with the Maine Department of Education, have developed free Assessment Literacy Basics interactive learning courses. You will gain an understanding of the foundational elements of assessment, its use, and the types of decisions assessment supports throughout our educational system.

This Series of Courses Includes:

COURSE 1: Balanced Assessment Systems

Learn what balanced assessment systems are and why they are beneficial to students. 

COURSE 2: Statewide Summative Assessment

Understand the purpose of statewide summative assessment and key features of its design.

COURSE 3: Data-Driven Decision-Making Using Summative Assessment Data

See how data, including statewide summative assessment results, can be used to make decisions that benefit students.


Maine Educational Assessment in Science Ready to take a deeper dive into statewide assessment and see how these elements work in practice? Learn more about Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned science assessment, and how the Maine Educational Assessment – Science (MEA-Science) measures student achievement of these standards.

Each Individual Course Includes:

  • 10-20 minutes of guided content presented with videos and graphics
  • Interactive “knowledge checks” throughout so the viewer can test their knowledge by applying what they have learned
  • Certificate of completion

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