Definition: Any systematic method of obtaining evidence from tests, and other sources, used to draw inferences about characteristics of people, objects, or programs for a specific purpose. An assessment is a standardized measure of proficiency, academic success; a test.

What This Means: The term test has been replaced by assessment to acknowledge that we now measure proficiency and academic success in many different ways. The degree to which an assessment is standardized in its administration, scoring, and interpretation determines its reliability. The validity of an assessment relates to how well the results match the intent and target of what is being measured.


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