Sample Assessments

To access 2012-13 writing prompts, click here.

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Optional Non-Summative Assessment Toolkits for Districts
The transition to new state standards in math and English language arts has caused districts to rethink non-summative (interim, formative, etc.) assessments.  The department is working with educators across the state to understand what these interim and formative assessments aligned to the new standards might look like and develop optional non-summative assessment toolkits. These toolkits are created by teachers for teachers, and presents ideas and options for non-summative assessments.  

To be clear, use of this toolkit is entirely optional and not required. There is no proven or "best" approach to non-summative assessment - what is clear is that the approach to formative or interim assessments must be purposeful.  We hope this toolkit will spark ideas and help schools and districts think through options for non-summative assessments.
  • Literacy Toolkit
    This non-summative assessment toolkit focuses on eighth grade literacy and draws items from a wide variety of sources.  A step-by-step process guide is also included if educators are interested in replicating the approach taken to develop this model for other grades.