Standardized testing. It’s just not good enough.

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.




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