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What We Talk About When We Talk About Assessment

This week I've been under the weather, so I'm "cheating" by cross-posting an article I've written for Education Week's online story package, New Directions in Assessment. In this piece, I talk about the Measures of Student Learning, or MOSL, a city-wide test that my students are required to take in the fall and the spring to determine--among other things--the relative strengths of their teachers.

As you might imagine, I have some antipathy towards the MOSL, though perhaps not for the reasons one might immediately think. Herein, I talk about the problems with the MOSL (and with similar types of assessments), what information we can and cannot gain from their administration, and how such assessments could be used effectively in a different context.

Speaking of assessments: Next week, assuming nothing more earth-shattering happens in the world of education, I'll be discussing the proposed changes to the SAT, which I know everyone is very "hyped" about (to use a term my students employ in describing all types of excitement, good and bad). Until then, have a great weekend.

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