What would assessment look like, if you could reinvent it using 21st-century tools?

The question was posed during a Jan. 25 presentation by Harvard University professor Chris Dede at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando. And his answer revealed a vision for assessment that is much richer and potentially more useful than what currently exists in schools.

Dede's vision for the future of assessment relies on two guiding principles: that formative, or diagnostic, assessment provides a much more valuable snapshot of students' abilities than an end-of-semester exam; and that technology gives schools access to an incredible amount of...

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