Interesting post by Allison on the recent developments in education. She has a great take on testing, arguing that it is very necessary but needs to be done and used in the correct way in order to inform future developments. Thanks Allison and happy Monday everyone!
…the more they stay the same. Well, in spite of our focus on innovation in education, it’s hard not to go all Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr at times, thinking the status quo in our sector is inevitable. New ideas have a habit of becoming faddish, being adopted or tossed aside…not always based on the research base or local evidence of impact, but on other, more superficial issues (e.g., emphasis by new leaders, comfort-level, alignment to personal philosophies, to name a few).
This week, the Senate held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with its Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and twitter went wild…well, for educators and policy wonks, anyway (#ESEA). Front and center is the topic of annual assessments: Should we test every year? (Yes! accountability depends on it, measurement helps us know our students, feedback to parents is valued, school…
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