Academic Knowledge and Skills
Within the library of instruments, EdInstruments catalogues Academic Knowledge and Skills assessments for users to compare options for use in research and practice. Included in this category are measurement tools representing several subcategories: including English Language Arts, Mathematics, Civics, and College Readiness. The full spectrum of Academic Knowledge & Skills measurement tools will also include Science and Social Studies’ instruments.
Each of EdInstruments’ four categories contain several “layers” that help to organize the collection of measurement tools housed within each category. The first layer users can explore are the subcategories. An initial period of background research is conducted to understand the landscape of a category, in order to determine which subcategories are essential to include. The next layer within each subcategory are “domains.” Each subcategory has its own respective domains that serve as an additional level of organization within the collection of measurement tools. As users navigate through the instrument list(s), they can narrow and/or expand search parameters using these layers of organization; thus, allowing the personalization of their search for tools based on specified needs.
Within the Academic Knowledge & Skills category, traditional school subjects serve as subcategories, while more granular domains (e.g. number and operations in base ten within the Mathematics subcategory, foundations of political systems within the Civics subcategory, and reading within the English Language Arts subcategory.)