Assessing Student Learning

The IFL offers several different ways for teachers to make sure students are learning key concepts, practices, and skills in the content areas.

Curriculum-Embedded Formative and Summative Assessments

  • Formative Assessments: The IFL's instructional materials in English language arts, history, mathematics, and science provide multiple opportunities and methods for teachers to assess students' learning during teaching.
  • Summative Assessments: The IFL's instructional materials also include summative assessments that are designed to assess students' learning at the end of units and sets of lessons. Summative assessments include scaffolded and independent tasks that ask students to use, apply, and synthesize what they have learned.

Performance-Based Assessments

Many state assessments include performance-based assessments (PBAs). To prepare students for these assessments, the IFL offers PBAs in English language arts, history, mathematics, and science. Designed as practice assessments for students, our PBAs help teachers identify what students know and can do and determine next steps for instruction. Click on the icons below to see the PBAs we offer in each content area. Download free samples of our performance-based assessments.

Assessing Classroom Instruction

The IFL also offers tools that assist educators to assess progress in achieving instructional improvement and set goals for future professional learning. These diagnostic tools include content-specific classroom observation protocols; tools that assess the quality of texts, tasks, and student talk; and tools that help leaders in calibrating their vision of high-quality instruction in each content area.