Quality assessment is a process of inquiry. It requires gathering
information and setting conditions so that the classroom, school, and
community become centers of inquiry where students, teachers, and other
stakeholders can examine their learning—individually and
collaboratively—and find ways to improve their practice.
In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment to update the Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing the two organizations published originally in 1994. The revised document aims to improve the quality of assessment by providing standards to guide decisions about assessing the teaching and learning of literacy in 21st-century classrooms.
The standards rest on understandings about assessment, language, and literacy generated by research over the past 40 years. A brief conceptual framework is presented in the introduction. Each standard, accessible from the links below, opens with an explanatory paragraph, followed by a link to “more” in which the standard is expanded. The document also includes brief case studies that make the implications of the standards concrete. Throughout the webpages, links on individual words and phrases are linked to explanations in the glossary.