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Assessment Training Institute

About the Pearson Assessment Training Institute

The Assessment Training Institute

ATI was founded in 1992 by Rick Stiggins to help classroom teachers develop skills needed to gather accurate information about student achievement and to use the assessment process and its results effectively to improve achievement. Our work is grounded in the concept of student-involved classroom assessment. We are guided by the belief that helping students see themselves as learners is central to their academic success and that assessment practices are key to developing their competence and confidence.

Through our work, it is our goal to empower educators to:

  • Translate content standards into classroom-level learning targets
  • Develop and use high-quality assessments in the classroom
  • Communicate effectively about student achievement
  • Engage in accurate standards-based grading practices
  • Use assessment as a part of instruction to maximize learning
  • Offer effective feedback that students can and will act upon
  • Make students active partners in their learning through developing skills of self-assessment and goal setting

The ATI Group

Our Authors

ATI authors Rick Stiggins, Jan Chappuis, Steve Chappuis, Judy Arter, Carol Commodore, Ken O'Connor, and Tom Schimmer have developed professional learning services and books treating the range of assessment-related topics: creating high-quality classroom assessments, using formative assessment strategies effectively in the classroom, leading professional development in assessment competencies, ensuring that balanced assessment systems are in place at the district and school levels, and standards-based grading practices.

The recent addition of W. James Popham's series of practical books on assessment topics relevant to schools and districts rounds out the ATI collection.

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Our Associates

ATI associate presenters Carol Commodore, Cassandra Erkens, Tom Schimmer, and Kim Zeidler-Watters are practitioners with long-standing expertise as teachers, administrators, and professional developers. They have been working in conjunction with ATI authors to carry the lessons of assessment literacy to districts and schools throughout the country. ATI associates provide in-depth workshops and consultation at the district and school level focused on leading professional development in classroom assessment practices.

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Our Consultants

ATI has recently added a dedicated cadre of educational consultants who offer one-day "Getting Started" workshops to introduce the content of each of ATI's four central texts: Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right Using It Well; Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning; A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades; and Assessment Balance and Quality: An Action Guide for School Leaders. ATI consultants are practitioners with extensive experience implementing the principles of high-quality classroom assessment at the classroom, school, district, and university levels.