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Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement

Author(s)TILSA SCASS Interim Assessment Subcommittee
Publication dateApril 2008
publication pdfInterim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement

To help describe the range of recent practice in the use of "interim assessments" (medium-scale, medium cycle assessments), this study employed a case-study approach. This report profiles seven jurisdictions that administer or facilitate the use of what is termed interim assessments, with a particular lens for policies and practices that appear to be effective -- or, at least innovative -- for state and local educational agencies. An important component of this paper is a section that clarifies the distinctions between summative, interim or benchmark, and formative assessments.