Assessment capable learners are students who…

  1. Know the learning target for a lesson.
  2. Can describe where they are in relation to the criteria.Assessment Capable Learners
  3. Use that information to select learning strategies to improve their work.

“Assessment capable” does not focus on how well students perform on tests. Rather, it means that students are able to gauge their own learning. It means that students understand if they have met a learning target and in what areas they need extra help. According to Hattie (2012), it is important for students to know where they are going, how they are going to get there, and where to next.

Course Outcomes

This online learning package was developed for classroom teachers. Inside, you will discover

  • How becoming an assessment capable learner benefits students
  • Ways in which teachers can help students to become assessment capable
  • Teaching tools that encourage assessment capable learning
  • Examples of what assessment capable learners do and how they describe their learning process.

Reflective Questions

What does it mean to develop assessment capable learners? What are some strategies to teach students to be assessment capable learners?

Coaching Companion

Book Study Suggestion: Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, Grades K-12: Maximizing Skill, Will, and Thrill. Frey, Hattie, and Fisher. (2018).

Book Study Suggestion: Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment. Berger, Rugen, and Woodfin. (2014).