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Director of Leadership Development for the New Tech Network

Measuring What Matters: Keeping the End in Mind

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How would the conversation and practice change if we truly considered not just WHAT we want students to know and be able to do when they graduate, but rather WHO we want them to be. Do we want students who score well on standardized tests that measure content knowledge or do we want students who leave school thinking and acting like mathematicians, writers, readers, historians,contributing citizens, etc.? What WILL MATTER for the future of our country and the world is that we have citizens who think critically about content; who can use content knowledge to apply it to solve social, economic and political problems; who care about these problems; who contribute in positive ways to society; and who understand the value of lifelong learning.

It sounds to me like Jerry Brown (bless him!) has this end in mind. What a difference it will make if policy makers, business and community members, educators at all levels themsleves think more critically about what will really matter for our future. Starting with this end in mind will impact not only what and how we "measure" student learning, but the nature of the learning experiences we provide for students as well.

Director of Leadership Development for the New Tech Network

Measuring What Matters: Keeping the End in Mind

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How would the conversation and practice change if we truly considered not just WHAT we want students to know and be able to do when they graduate, but rather WHO we want them to be. Do we want students who score well on standardized tests that measure content knowledge or do we want students who leave school thinking and acting like mathematicians, writers, readers, historians,contributing citizens, etc.? What WILL MATTER for the future of our country and the world is that we have citizens who think critically about content; who can use content knowledge to apply it to solve social, economic and political problems; who care about these problems; who contribute in positive ways to society; and who understand the value of lifelong learning.

It sounds to me like Jerry Brown (bless him!) has this end in mind. What a difference it will make if policy makers, business and community members, educators at all levels themsleves think more critically about what will really matter for our future. Starting with this end in mind will impact not only what and how we "measure" student learning, but the nature of the learning experiences we provide for students as well.

Founder and Chief of Innovation, Envision Education, Oakland CA

Measuring love of learning

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I love that Jerry Brown wants to measure love of learning. I also think we can measure the size of the grin when students are engaged in meaningful and fun learning. Seriously, I agree that SB 547 offer us a once in a lifetime opportunity to redefine what it means to be an excellent school and put it into policy. Hopefully we can include indicators about the quality and depth of the student work the school facilities students to producing.

School Development Coach at the New Tech Network

Digital Portfolios

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Student portfolios are nothing new, but with the digital tools now available to students and teachers there are better opportunities for building and sharing of real student work as both an internal and external form of student-teacher-school assessment. Deeper learning tends to be best assessed through a combination of demonstration and debrief, so if schools can capture and examine/share these types of actions over time we'll know a lot more about their ability to develop students' most important skills.

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