Beyond talking about a student’s individual score, teachers want to provide a meaningful context for screening data. Many of the parents and guardians who attend conferences never encountered screening assessments when they were in school. Indeed, prior to the last decade, the only assessments in schools were chapter tests and end-of-year exams.
Today’s teachers often find themselves needing to explain not only a student’s screening scores, but also why there are many different types of assessments now used in schools. That’s where a broad understanding of types and functions of assessment comes in handy.