I am someone who likes measures. I like to set a goal, define what success will look like and then assess how well we did in reaching that goal, or seeing that success. So when it comes to teaching, I want to see measurable results. Measurable failure even – something that can be measured so that it can be used as a model or supported and repaired. Without assessment, how do we know how we’re doing?
The problem is that tests along are not real assessment. Look at the list that I took from an Edutopia post today:
Edutopia has an introduction to “Comprehensive Assessment” video here. It’s a good start for those of us looking to understand how assessment could, and should be used. Standardized tests are simply not a good enough measure.