Understanding Assessment

Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment - Use an array of pre-assessment options to check for student mastery prior to instruction.

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom - Types of assessments, attributes of quality curriculum, using formative assessments for planning, and strategies for scaffolding and extending.

Classroom Assessments

Formative - A definition of formative assessment from Glossary of Education Reform.

Summative - A definition of summative assessment from Glossary of Education Reform.

Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment - An ASCD article describing pre-assessment in action in a middle school classroom.

Standardized Assessment


CogAT - Verbal, quantitative and nonverbal cognitive abilities test.

Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) - Nonverbal dependent abilities test.

Assessments of Gifted Behaviors

Iowa State Assessment of Statewide Progress (ISASP)


ACT - Provides educator training resources and student practice tests in the following subjects:

PSAT - Provides guides, reports and flyers.

SAT -  Access to and understanding of scores, resource library support and training modules.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams - Three (3) or higher for some college admission/transfer credit.

  • material, curriculum, professional development

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams - Four (4) or higher for some college transfer.

  • Internal Assessments and inventories for teachers for instructional support.

ACCUPLACER - Concurrent placement test, used for Career Center and some liberal arts options for high schoolers.


We Need to Work Together to Make the Common Core Work for Gifted Students - An NAGC blog post by Jonathan Plucker focused on making Common Core State Standards and assessment work for gifted students.