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Q & A Collections: Assessment

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I'll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past two years. You can see those collections from the first year here.

Today's theme is on assessment. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

Teaching Reading & Writing

Teaching Math and Science

Brain-Based Learning

Instructional Strategies

Education Policy Issues

Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

I'll be spending the summer organizing questions and answers for the next school year, and there is always room for more!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it's selected or if you'd prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.

And, now, here's a list of all my posts related to related to education assessment:

From 2012/13

High-Stakes Testing & Student Engagement

Three author/educators, Michael Opitz, Michael Ford and Bryan Harris, share their guest responses in this post.

From 2011/12

1. Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process

Author and educator Amy Benjamin, California teacher Cheryl Suliteanu, and I offer our suggestions.

2. Several Kinds Of Grading Systems

Professor Thomas R. Guskey, author Susan M. Brookhart, educator Bill Ivey, and I share our thoughts and practices.

3. Standardized Test Critiques & Potential Alternatives

Professors David C. Berliner and Yong Zhao offer their thoughts on the topic.

4. Helping Long-Term ELL's & Evaluating ELL Teachers Fairly

Katie Hull Sypnieski, the best teacher I've ever seen in the classroom, and staff from the American Federation of Teachers researching teacher evaluation contribute their responses.

5. Ways the "Next Generation" of Standardized Tests Should Treat ELL's

Representatives from the two groups of states preparing the new assessments, the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, and The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium, or PARCC, contribute responses.


I hope you've found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

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