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Assessment Literacy Workshops: Promoting Understanding of Assessment and the Effective Use of Summative Test Results Among K-12 Educators

How can results from state or district assessments be used to improve teaching and learning in your school or district? WestEd can help further your educators’ assessment literacy expertise as well as help educators understand and interpret the scores that are produced.

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What You Will Learn

Making the most of summative assessments and the results they produce can be challenging. WestEd’s customized assessment literacy workshops, and accompanying tools and materials, help educators and administrators understand how summative assessments are designed, developed, and scored, and how the results can best be used.

Who Will Benefit

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Teacher Trainers
  • District and State-Level Curriculum and Assessment Leaders

Service Details

WestEd designs and develops customized face-to-face workshops for educators to learn components of assessment literacy and effective use of results from large-scale summative assessments.

These workshops provide opportunities for participants to learn about how statewide summative assessments align with the state content standards and yield valuable information about what students know and can do in relation to college and career readiness.

In these assessment literacy workshops, educators have the opportunity to learn about appropriate and valuable uses for the summative results that can help improve teaching and learning. Participants will become prepared to facilitate training educators in their own education community.

These workshops are tailored to meet each state’s unique standards and system of assessments.

In addition to the workshops, teachers can benefit from our instructional video series on how to design strong, standards-based assessments for use in the classroom, as well as from videos created specifically for performance assessment trainings.

What Makes This Service Unique

WestEd’s Assessment Literacy Workshops are facilitated by experienced professional development providers with a deep knowledge of assessment design and use, state standards, and teaching and learning. Workshops are tailored to your unique needs.

The efforts of WestEd’s assessment literacy team are informed by research from the National Research Council (1999, 2001, 2003), Linda Darling-Hammond (2010, 2012, 2013), and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (2009).

These resources provide the research-supported foundation for WestEd’s  customized professional development services and training materials, which are intended to enable deeper understanding of the characteristics of high-quality assessments that are used for different purposes. In addition, our services and materials help foster local initiatives to design effective tests and performance measures.

Clients participating in our assessment literacy workshops report increased confidence in the use of data emerging from their assessment systems and in their educators’ ability to provide effective standards-based instruction.


Cost varies based on the scope of work, the unique needs of the client, and breadth of services.

Learn More

To learn more, please contact Deb Sigman at 916.492.4073 or; or Jessica Arnold at 510.302.4296 or