New Directions in Assessment
March 5, 2014
Addressing an area of both frustration and possibility for many teachers, this online story package explores new developments and trends in the practice of testing and assessment in schools. The stories focus on initiatives designed to link assessment more closely with classroom learning and instruction and thus provide integral solutions for teachers.
- Standards Q&A The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated TestingJames W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.Education Classroom-Assessment Techniques: A Video CollectionIn these videos from our editorial partners at Teaching Channel, accomplished educators demonstrate the creative assessment techniques they use to track student learning.Teaching Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common CoreAs teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.Reading & Literacy District's 'Data Literacy' Campaign Zeroes In on Students' Written WorkA school district in southwestern Oregon is making a concerted effort to ensure the data its teachers collect and analyze prominently include samples of students' discursive writing.Assessment Opinion My Assessment Problem: A Desk-Eye ViewThe idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.Standards Opinion The Common-Core Assessments: What Math Teachers Need to KnowVeteran high school mathematics teacher Alison Wright dissects the common-core-aligned assessments being developed by the national consortia.Assessment Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in SchoolsLooking for better ways to measure the "deeper learning" goals of the common standards, schools are increasingly turning to formalized performance tasks.