4 assessment questions every educator should ask

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
March 13th, 2014

New report offers guidance, insight on important assessment features

assessment-questionsAs many states begin to implement online assessments to gauge student learning under the Common Core State Standards, administrators are faced with a number of important considerations that accompany implementation.

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) presents four important assessment questions that policy makers and educators should ask.

“College- and career-ready standards without high-quality assessments aligned to them to advance learning is like peanut butter without jelly,” said Bob Wise, AEE president and former governor of West Virginia. “Current tests are insufficient to measure these higher learning goals and fail to deliver the information that students, teachers, and parents need to ensure that students are on a trajectory to be ready for college and a career by the time they graduate from high school.”

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2 Responses to “4 assessment questions every educator should ask”

March 13, 2014

Testing the complete range of standards is great in theory but is it a possibility that anyone could cover the full range in a years time? Marzano has stated that it would take approximately 400 school days to cover what is expected by the CCSS to be covered in a year. I am curious as to others’ thoughts on how an assessment that is designed to cover everything stated in the standards will be a fair test of student knowledge when it is possible to cover only half of the stated objectives in a school year.