Classroom Tests

Replace, Don’t Add On: Giving Performance Assessment a Chance

Despite increased interest in instructional and assessment innovation, change has been difficult for many local educators because many well-intended initiatives have placed added burdens on them – additional requirements in terms of time and effort. One goal of educational reform is to change the way some teachers and students spend their time – to get…

Re-Balancing Assessment for Learning and Accountability

School reform efforts intended to raise achievement levels of US students are not new. Recent initiatives mandating student academic growth and punishing educators whose students collectively have not demonstrated adequate yearly progress have not worked. They have not led to improved instructional practice and student motivation to learn, which are so critical to student learning….

Focusing More on Learning and Less on Test Scores

Effective implementation of the multi-step instructional process of formative assessment shifts the focus of students to their own learning by making them more responsible for it and by using grading practices that encourage learning rather than inhibiting it. Administrators have important roles to play by supporting professional development in formative assessment, by improving school grading…

A Tool to Observe/Evaluate Formative Assessment Practice

Ten dimensions of formative assessment practice are described. For each dimension, a rubric is provided for use in observation and self reflection with the goal of improving instructional practice. The ten dimensions are: I. Learning goals II. Criteria for Success III. Tasks and Activities that Elicit Evidence of Student Learning IV. Questioning Strategies that Elicit…

What does “balance” mean in a balanced assessment system?

It’s fitting that an early post in this blog is a piece on “balanced assessment systems” because it’s an all encompassing concept relative to the assessments experienced by students. We can zero in on specifics throughout the year.  The term has become a widely used one, yet when folks are asked to define it, the…

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