Testing…Testing…

Surprised there wasn’t more attention to yesterday’s assessment competition results? Me, too.  Our “insider” survey overwhelmingly predicted this outcome, both coalitions getting funded, but that was easy.   More interesting, policy insiders are pretty bearish on the likely rigor of the “smarter balanced” approach.  Most saw the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers as more likely to genuinely improve student learning.  More on all that later in the month when we release the full results.

4 thoughts on “Testing…Testing…

  1. Billy Bob

    Ummm . . . “more likely to improve student learning”???? Testing does not improve learning. Instruction improves learning. Testing can assess learning and the validity and reliability of the inferences made from the assessment scores vary on many factors, including the quality of the assessment.

  2. babby

    “Testing can assess learning and the validity and reliability of the inferences made from the assessment scores…” … which can be used to improve student learning?

  3. Joanie Grimm

    Testing can improve learning but should not be the only source to utilize within the classroom. Teachers should look at observation, performance based on grading rubrics, assessments, and independent practice.

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