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October 02, 2014

High Standards and Authentic Instruction and Assessment: A Look Back #TBT

Authentic learning opportunities and authentic assessments have been on the educational landscape for years. Yet there remains a need for shared understanding of what that means.

August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Achievement, Assessment, and Accountability

If we continue to focus on student growth and improvement as learners, keep track of that progress, and watch its impact on standard test results, will we be able to know if what we are doing is helping students develop as learners and thinkers.

June 10, 2014

Standards, Assessment, Evaluation: Now Is the Time for a Thank You

To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.

February 04, 2014

Will We Ever Allow Computers to Grade Students' Writing?

We are not suggesting that a computer can replace the grace and value of the interaction between a teacher and a student. But let's have a discussion before we close our minds to the possibilities.

January 28, 2014

How Do We Lead Toward a Better Assessment System?

Perhaps, if we produce better local assessments, and use them to inform instruction, give constructive feedback, and help motivate our students, the standardized tests will fall aside and take their proper place as quiet snapshots of national progress while we attend to our students school by school.

December 22, 2013

Bring the Assessment Conversation Back Into Schools

Let's not forget the tremendous value of good classroom assessments; the ones that inform instruction, reinforce learning, and communicate information. Let's brave the assessment storm by building a value for good assessment in schools.

December 03, 2013

Assessment vs. Accountability

We need a bolder reform agenda, one that opens minds and creativity, radically changes how schools are funded, reinvents classroom and school house, changes our calendars and keep our youth engaged in learning year round, envisions less brick and mortar, more community connection and, that brings little ones to school at 4 and allows them move on, when they are ready.

November 05, 2013

Standardized Test Results Are Only One Measure of Our Work

Defining and reporting on multiple measures is more work. But, it may serve to balance our focus so that standardized testing results takes it rightful place as just one indicator of the work we do.

October 03, 2013

Will Teacher and Principal Evaluation Improve Our Schools?

The inherent danger is these rubrics have been mandated.It will surely be a morale killer and definitely a missed opportunity if we cannot leverage this mandate.

September 10, 2013

Successful Leaders Will 'Find a Way'

We must not allow our compliance to extinguish the passion that brought us to this work. Our challenge is to carry the weight of the mandate while working with faculty to create the best implementation.

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