The Purpose and Power Behind Low-Stakes and No-Stakes Assessments

The Purpose and Power Behind Low-Stakes and No-Stakes Assessments

What’s the purpose of formative assessment? Will the practice test you’ve selected work as you intended? And how much value should it be given toward the students’ grades? The answers depend on the way the assessment was designed to be used. In this session, we wade into the gray areas between types of practice assessments—in-lesson practice, end-of-chapter quizzes, and practice-for-proctored assessments—to understand how these are designed differently and how to select, design, and use the right assessment tool for your needs.


Spring Lenox, MSEd

Spring Lenox, M.S.Ed., is a learning designer at Ascend Learning. The focus of her work is to make instructional content as accessible and understandable as possible for people striving to better themselves in their professions or preparing them to enter new professions. Lenox joined Ascend Learning in 2010 as a learning product and assessment developer and has contributed to the design and development of many ATI Nursing products. Prior to coming to Ascend, Lenox worked as a content editor on publications aimed at helping their readers stay current in their professions (technical, business, medical). She received her B.S.J. in Magazine Journalism from the University of Kansas and M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University.

Josh MacInnes, PhD

Josh MacInnes, PhD, is a Manager of Psychometrics at Ascend Learning and has led efforts to update several ATI assessments and learning products. Prior to joining Ascend in 2020, he provided psychometric consultation to domestic and international certification and licensure testing programs across the healthcare, banking, fitness, and education industries. Dr. MacInnes earned his PhD in Educational Research Methodology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a former high school physics teacher and item/writer reviewer for district-level K-12 assessments.