MSL Systems Guiding Questions

How to use this resource

By thinking through the nuance of their measures of student learning (MSL) systems, school districts can ensure those systems provide educators with fair and accurate data about their performance and useful information about how to improve results.

CEI has collected information about MSL systems in Colorado school districts. Throughout the MSL study, overarching themes have emerged. The resulting guiding questions are for all districts to consider as they review and improve their MSL systems, and facilitate conversations with stakeholder groups such as 1338 committees or teachers’ associations.

Guiding Questions for MSL Systems

Guiding questions at-a-glance


Overarching system design
Districts consider whether their MSL system reflects a balanced assessment system, ensures comparability and fairness across educators and measures, and results in any unintended consequences.

Measure selection
Districts consider the selection and design of the individual measures that comprise their MSL system. In particular, they are asked to reflect upon their decisions regarding individual versus collective attribution, the selection of weights and measures, and target-setting.

Data use and assessments
Districts examine their decisions regarding the use of pre- and post- assessments, student learning objectives, state summative assessments, and data from district or school or performance frameworks.

MSL process and stakeholder engagement
Districts consider the MSL process and stakeholder engagement by reflecting on educator input, transparency and timing, and assessment literacy.

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