Assessment Theory of Action
Assessment of micro-credential submissions is an integral part of the micro-credential ecosystem. When educators receive valid assessments (aligned ratings and quality feedback) of their submissions, they are more likely to successfully resubmit and have confidence in the validity of micro-credentialing to improve educator practice.
The Role of an Assessor
Assessors assess micro-credential submission evidence against rubrics to determine the educator’s level of competency. The rubrics are derived from the knowledge and skills that make up the competency and are made available to educators in the micro-credential.
The assessors role is to:
- Determine and communicate submission proficiency solely based on the evidence submitted and the rubrics in the micro-credential.
- Provide written feedback by criteria that is objective, consistent, targeted, user-friendly, constructive, and positive (where possible).
What Assessment is Not
It is not the role of the assessor to go beyond assessing the portfolio of evidence against the quality indicators outlined in the rubric and providing written feedback aligned to those indicators.
The Assessment Process
Educators working towards earning a micro-credential submit their completed portfolio of evidence through the BloomBoard platform. Each submission is given an ID number, assessors do not have access to the educator or their identification.
The assessment process includes an Assessor and Approver.
- The Assessor conducts the initial review, chooses the proficiency level by criteria, provides quality feedback, and makes a recommendation to the Approver.
- The Approver conducts a second review of the evidence; if aligned with the Assessor’s feedback, the Approver completes the assessment.
- As a part of ongoing assessment validation, the Approver may return the submission to the Assessor with questions and comments.
Who are the Assessors?
The assessors are teaching professionals with extensive experience coaching, mentoring, and evaluating other educators. They have met BloomBoard’s eligibility and experience requirements to assess, and have successfully earned the micro-credential, Assessing Evidence to Determine Competency, which certifies that they can consistently achieve alignment to a true score and provide quality feedback.
Assessor Certification & Training
Certification requires assessors to conduct a thorough analysis of their alignment to a true score and the quality of their feedback; develop specific replicable strategies for quality assessment; achieve alignment to a true score on a set of microcredential submissions; and exhibit alignment to BloomBoard’s indicators of quality feedback. Once potential assessors have achieved certification, they are required to participate in on-going training focused on specific micro-credentials.