Educators in New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado and California have embarked on an ambitious journey to fundamentally rethink the roles of assessment in student learning. The entry points are different in each state. Some are led by districts, others by the state. But all share a commitment to richer, deeper assessments… read more →
Knowledge Works | October 10, 2018
Brad Ray has been an educator since 1993, but he cites a revelation he experienced as a parent as a big motivator for how he thinks about teaching and learning.
“I have three kids of my own, and two sons who are eighteen months apart,” says Ray, superintendent of Garfield School District 16 in Parachute, Colorado. “They have the same parents, the same environment, the same rules, but they’re very different. I’ve always struggled with the question, why do we give students the same thing just because they’re 10? You differentiate within a classroom, but why not differentiate expectations at any given time in a student’s life?” Read more
Education Week | October 11, 2018
Few educators are fans of fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests that don’t yield results until after students leave the classroom.
But when states had a chance to try out richer forms of assessment under a new pilot program established by the Every Student Succeeds Act, all but two demurred, in part because the pilot comes with tough technical requirements and no extra federal funding. Read more